No animal carcasses

Farmers unite to press governments for a long-term support program.

. . . the coalition, which calls itself the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition, decided to take a calm, conciliatory dollars-and-cents approach to government relations. No more tractor cavalcades buzzing around Queen’s Park. No animal carcasses or livestock showing up on politicians’ doorsteps. No blockades at the Toronto food terminal. No headline-grabbing, one-off activist stuff. That doesn’t solve anything anyway, and it doesn’t portray farmers as the business people they are.

Farmers say they’ll apply pressure in other ways, starting with strength in numbers. But at their inaugural town-hall style meeting in Stratford last week, less than 300 farmers took part, by one estimate, despite significant advance publicity in the agricultural community.

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