They’re not making any more of it |

They’re not making any more of it

Dear Editor:SAVE OUR BOTTOMLAND!Local, heirloom, organic is now beyond the culinary fringe. People are tired of anonymous food, food with no connections to where they live, their native landscape and the people who grew it.The general consumer is ever so gradually making the connection too between food and energy and their respective wastestreams. The veil is off now. We are learning that we have the power. This power comes from how we choose to spend our money – our individual purchasing power. Our individual daily choices make a difference. We are learning that each and every time we buy something at the grocery store that our choice effects our land, air and water quality, and it can add to our already overtaxed atmosphere and to future planetary warming.People are beginning to want local first, then local organic is, of course, best.BUT you cannot have local food if you do not preserve and protect our fertile valley bottomland.We need mature policy, as in most European countries, that protects our precious bottomland. In most European countries you cannot build or develop in or on valley bottomland. It is against the law there because the act of developing bottomlands for housing and industry robs all future generations of the possibility of providing their own food, of surviving in their home places. THE VALLEY BOTTOMLAND IS FOR GROWING FOOD AND FOR WETLANDS THAT CLEANSE WATER! Not for a plethora of housing with a view where you cannot hang out your laundry! More homes, asphalt, residential infrastructure and the dearth of what comes from uncontrolled sprawling, CARBOOMDALE, is robbing our future possibilities of providing the rudimentary ingredients, a primary one being 6 inches of topsoil, to carve out an existence.Would anyone like a Styrofoam, sheet rock and asphalt club sandwich?When are we going to grow up? American culture is adolescent at best. I’m sorry folks, but we have a problem here. We have proven that we cannot control ourselves, our greed. Greed is not good.So we need policy then, a mature policy, to stop this short-term gain mentality that is destroying our chances of long-term survival, that is destroying our life’s blood of fertile soil and safe water.Please, let’s get smart about this and let’s work together to hold onto what is left of the valley’s arable land. It just might give our kids and their kids the edge they need to live here … at all.Brook Le VanExecutive director, Sustainable SettingsCarbondale

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