Progressive Plan for a Markham Foodbelt Proposed by Councilors

Earthroots is excited to see a new progressive plan for a Markham Foodbelt put forth by Markham Councilors Valerie Burke and Erin Shapero.  In response to the extreme pressures of growth in Markham and concerns for the municipalities remaining agricultural land and long term food security, this proposal aims to preserve 2,000 hectares of prime agricultural land by freezing Markham’s current urban boundaries and focusing all future growth within these boundaries.  While the benefits and necessity of preserving near-urban agricultural land have been clearly demonstrated in other parts of the world, Ontario is only starting to try and catch up with this progressive practice.

In a time when surrounding municipalities are continuing to sprawl outward, paving over remaining greenspace outside the provincial Greenbelt, it is extremely refreshing to see such a bold, forward thinking proposal.  Earthroots fully supports and congratulates Valerie Burke and Erin Shapero for setting an example for neighboring municipalities, thinking beyond their own political time in office, and attempting to do what is best for the long-term sustainability of their community.  It is our hope that the rest of Markham council will fall inline, setting the bar for other municipalities, and securing Markham’s reputation as a leader in sustainable land-use planning.

Earthroots will be giving a delegation at an upcoming public meeting discussing the Foodbelt proposal on Tuesday, February 16th.

Lend your support by attending this meeting, or by contacting Markham councilors and voicing your support for this landmark proposal (Markham Mayor and Council: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For more information on the public meeting, and the Foodbelt proposal, visit:

To see the Toronto Star Coverage of this issue, and an excellent map of the Foodbelt, visit: