This study should be considered a preliminary and coarse-scale natural capital account for the Greenbelt. It is a first step towards a more comprehensive accounting of natural capital assets in the Greenbelt that provides a framework for similar studies across Canada. More Canadian research is needed to determine a full range of ecosystem service values relevant to Canadian eco-zones and land cover types.
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An exciting new research paper on local food in southern Ontario was just released by the Metcalf Foundation.
Food Connects Us All: Sustainable Local Food in Southern Ontario is now available for download. This paper aims to contribute to a broader understanding of food system dynamics in this province. It is intended as a backdrop for discussions on how Ontario could move toward a truly local sustainable food system through collaboration and the identification of key leverage points for food system change.
July 2007 Fifty-four per cent of Canada’s visible minority population resides in Ontario. This study explores the barriers that exist for ethnic farmers and interested young farmers to work the land, and to develop market opportunities for farmers in the Greenbelt. [The third installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by theFriends of the Greenbelt Foundation.] "Planting the First Seed: Creating Opportunities for Ethnic and Young Farmers in the Greenbelt" by Stew Hilts, Peter Mitchell, Jennifer Asselin and Burkhard Mausberg.
This report highlights the importance of Greenbelt farmland. It highlights the pressures farmers face, particularly those utilizing farmers' markets, and offers suggestions for supporting peri-urban agriculture.