One of the myths about industrial wind power generation here in Ontario is that it will “help” the family farm. That, of course, is nonsense: it’s Ontario’s policies on agriculture and its insistence on cheap food that have got the farm in trouble and has resulted in situations where Ontario’s pork producers over the last few years have been getting prices as low as were prevalent in the 1960s for their product. And, Ontario, over the course of several governments, has seen fit to centralize agriculture, opting to encourage giant industrial farms and processors, instead of local farms, abbatoirs and cheese producers to name a few. (More on that in Thomas Pawlick’s book, The War in the Country.)
Anyway, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s new president (we understand there was a bit of a story behind his election as opposed to another candidate) recently released a statement on the OFA website, underscoring the Federation’s support for industrial-scale wind power development. His comments indicate a blind trust in what the wind power consortium is doing and still doing the rah-rah for wind and the Ontario farmer.
The comments, however, are most interesting. Note the comment from Kerwood-area farmer Dan Wrightman, who has a chapter on this subject in the book Dirty Business, the reality of Ontario’s rush to wind power.
We fail to see how paying Ontario farmers $4,000 to $10,000 per turbine a year (in the turbine hot area of Chatham-Kent-Essex, the rents are going over $20,000 per year) to lose almost total control over the rights to your land is worth encouraging when the wind developers are getting half a million or more per turbine per year.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The OFA takes a bashing for its stance on wind power
From the North Gower Wind Action Group's Site: