Our food comes from farmland and we are losing farmland fast. New York State has lost half a million acres of farmland to suburban sprawl since the 1980s, the equivalent of 4,500 farms.
More than 80 percent of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products produced in New York State are grown on farmland directly in the path of suburban sprawl. Furthermore, a Cornell University study found that the state's seven million acres of farmland are only sufficient to feed six million of our 19 million state residents.
We have to stop losing farmland now. Don't let concrete be the last crop.