Humans benefit both from farmers growing food and from miners harvesting metals from the earth.
Both activities are essential for human existence, growth and development. Food cannot be produced without tools and tools would be of little use without humans to use and benefit from them.
In regard to the KGHM Ajax mine proposal south of Kamloops, there is a booklet called Canada at a Glance (www.statcan.gc.ca). People need to get on the Internet and check this out.
The total net income from farming in 1987 was $3.078 million. In 2007, it was $1.199 million (Table 31, Page 19). The operating revenues and expenses per farm and operating margins for 2006
(Table 32, Page 19) are as follows:
* The top of the list was dairy and milk production at 23.8 per cent, and the
bottom of the list was beef cattle and feedlots at 4.9 per cent.
* The farm population of Canada in 1931 was 31.7 per cent, in 2001 it was 2.4 per cent. This means the rest of the population is relying on 2.4 per cent to feed them.
Stats Canada says that the age of the average producer in agriculture in Canada about five years ago was 47 to 48. In March 2011, it was 51. If this trend continues, we will be relying on people who are 60 to 70 years old to produce our food.
There are different ways of ranching. One is to not go to excess but to keep the buildings, hay fields and fences in as good a shape at the end of the year as they were at the first of the year.
The other way is to try and hold everything together with baling twine, duct tape and hay wire.
I believe that if one is going to ranch, they should try and keep things in reasonably good shape. If one has a small ranch, one must have a well-paid job off the ranch. If one has a large ranch, one must have another business or some good investments in the stock market.
We have been told that the mine will create jobs. The people who work at the mine will have to eat seven days a week, no matter how many days they work.
This mine will cover up some of the best grassland in B.C. and this land produces food for people.
After the mine is finished, the native grass may not come back. It may come back, however, in other plants like weeds. The meat from the animals that eat this grass may taste like the plants they eat.
B.C. is still the Best Place on Earth (even if the provincial government no longer
uses this brand). Let’s try to keep it that way. If this costs money, then the miners, ranchers and other people should all pay their share of the cost.
People ask me what I am trying to accomplish with this letter. I am trying to make people understand that they need food and water in order to live.
The farm population of Canada in 1931 was 31.7 per cent of the population of Canada. If one day in that era, 2.4 per cent of those workers became sick or were unable to work for some other reason, there would still be 28 per cent left to produce our food.
Today, if 2.4 per cent became sick, there would be no one with any experience left to produce food. That is what I am trying to make people understand.