Saskatchewan is signing deals left and right, increasing potash extraction and shipping it to countries all over the world. It's welcome in that province because statistically Saskatchewan has been the poor brother prairie bitch, watching Alberta's tax benefits and labour boom in the oil industry.
It's unfortunate that there aren't enough people in Saskatchewan who are wanting to stall this process and assess what it means to the province in the long term. Booming subdivisions and reopened schools in small farming communities won't be permanent if the due course is to sell mining rights to foreign corporations. It's kind of the same scenario that oil extraction is brewing: Intense environmental rape, without refinement capacity improvements. Shipping raw materials out of country without benefiting both through local business construction and residual money investments. Canada is truly operating as a colonial feed lot for the richest investors.
Anyway, I'm making this thread because the CBC report on potash that I heard today was full of language trickery. They mention the ridiculous amount of fresh water required in the extraction, but it was completely shadowed by the length of positive economic benefits(short term) that the opening of more mines means for the province.
It circles back to the relevance of agriculture reform, or semantically, de-reform.
My relatives have recently given up organic farming because minimum wage sucks when you're 60+ trying to compete with hyper deflated, disease causing food competitors.
Farmer Brad is an interesting 10 minutes, explaining how FDA regulations are hurting the small, ethical farming operations which don't pose any contamination threat. It's sad, but also a challenge that I hope a lot of young people are willing to take; either through consumer habits or through careers in sustainable agriculture.
buy local! your thoughts?