Helene Harrison mis-represents Tom Fletcher’s view of farmland, in your April 23, 2014 issue.
If she checked many of Fletcher’s columns she’d find much support for activities supporting human life, including farming and utilizing other resources to provide energy and materials that give huge improvements to human life. She’d find in Fletcher’s background that he is fully aware of where food comes from.
If she digested Fletcher’s points on the Agricultural Land Commission she might realize that the concern is excessive regulations that actually hurt farmers who want to stay on the land.
Harrison should beware that growing food is being used as a scam by NIMBYs and government control freaks, such as the case of the Alberg family lot in Saanich. Despite the unsuitability of that lands for crops their property rights are being denied, even as houses are being built on nearby lots.
Overall Harrison shows her attitude by calling Fletcher a Liberal mouthpiece and a buddy of government officials, whereas his columns often criticize behaviour of the present B.C. government. If she read his columns she’d also find criticism of those who act in the name of the ideology proven in history to not feed people – Marxism, which results in tyranny wherever substantially implemented, as in North Korea today where people are forbidden to accept food from relatives in Communist China.
I find it interesting that Harrison praises the original version of the publication Monday, with its anti-human ugliness.
Harrison should ask herself why she theorizes instead of reading, and why she believes negative presumptions about humans – including her groundless accusations against Fletcher.