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October 28, 2011

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It’s been about two weekends now since we attended an event called Foodstock but it was so magical and important that I am still thinking about it and have to share it with you.

Foodstock was organized by Michael Stadtlander and over 100 of the best chefs from across Canada in support of the fight against a proposed Mega Quarry outside of Honeywood, Ontario. This gigantic quarry is planned to dig deeper than the drop at Niagara Falls and will undoubtedly disturb the water table and threaten the community as well as food production in the area.

It was a cold and dreary day but we packed up our bowls, cutlery and mugs, loaded up the car with friends and layers of clothing and traveled about two hours into the country. We had such a fantastic time slogging through the mud and rain, experiencing all the delectables so carefully prepared over wood fires. It was an unbelievable feeling to experience the collective agreement of over 28,000 people, gathered together in field and forest, making their stance known against another corporation that cares about nothing other than its bottom line. Read more about this barf inducing plan here.

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  1. Kirk permalink
    October 29, 2011 12:18 am

    Shannon – Last night on The Agenda with Steve Pakin, there was a panel of 5 people talking about the mega quarry. I think TVO archives its programmes so I would recommend watching it. I found it a very informative talk and I think I now have a slightly better understanding of some of the issues and players in this situation. The representative from The Highlands (if that is the name of the consortium) was quite smooth in his mantra of company responsibility, community consultation, environmental stewartship, etc., but he did stumble a few times especially when admitting that neither he nor anyone in the upper echelon of his company have any experience with gravel quarries. This is a discussion that will continue for a long time to come.

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