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We should not allow building on farmland

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

There are two current potential losses of arable farmland which will affect us. One is the conversion of Jamaican farmlands at Innswood and Bernard Lodge into housing. The Government has seemingly not understood the UN’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) IPCC warnings that we should expect higher temperatures which, as the world is finding, causes serious reductions in the productivity of farmland. They seem to believe that more intensive farming on the reduced area will still produce enough to supply our needs. This is unlikely to be true in the future.

The other is the new threat by Russia of the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Ukraine is a major producer of food in the world and the possibility of radioactive contamination of their farmlands by the detonation of nuclear weapons should give the world community serious concern. With many countries for the future already experiencing famine, and the rest facing steep increases in the price of food, we should not allow building on farmland.

HOWARD CHIN

MEMBER,

JAMAICA INSTITUTION

OF ENGINEERS