We spoke to a Maxville area farmer yesterday who told us about current farming practices out here in Glengarry. Some of these we were already aware of. Because of the high price of oil, all available tracts of land around here have been or are in the process of being bulldozed, tile-drained and planted in corn for ethanol. This has been going on for a while but it’s reached a fevered pitch as good farm land in the area goes for as much as 18,000. an acre. Landowners are also getting good prices for land once classified as marginal. In addition to corn being planted for ethanol, soybeans are also sown and then shipped to China to be made into plastic. OK. According to our farmer friend, these immense fields are all being fertilized with human waste coming to us from Ontario’s heavily populated Toronto-London area. He said tanker trucks labeled Bio-Waste with a big Approved by the Government seal on them are often seen in Tim Horton parking lots. Anyway, this black sticky stuff when it does finally break down and which contains residues from drugs and whatever else we humans put in our bodies, all leaches into the tile drains, ditches, creeks and rivers, our water supply. In the elephant that is South-Western Ontario the asshole used to be Owen Sound. This orifice seems to have migrated to the armpit.
The farmer also said there’s very little hay to speak of being grown locally for livestock. Can this be true?
Last week the Glengarry News ran a story about how the sleepy little burg of Lancaster will soon be home to a Flying J Truck Stop (Nashville-based, why don’t they stay there) to be built at the junction of the 401 and route 34. Poor them. Then this week it was revealed that in Alexandria a 22-unit condo project (presumably aimed at retired folk) had gotten the go ahead and right next door there’s a large funeral complex being planned. Jocelyn Lamarche of Casselman is said to be the developer of both sites. This is the height of cynicism. Little boxes, little boxes. Crying in the chapel indeed. A pox on him and his enablers on the town council. The town of Alexandria has had a water problem for years, there’s not enough of it (it tastes like sh-t as it is) and the existing treatment plant isn’t adequate for the number of homes and business now. The Quebec towns downriver from it on the weed-choked Delisle should know about this. Maybe they’ll read this post.