Modesto is in dire need of jobs, but it seems like every day I read about "saving prime farmland." Is farmland really being destroyed? Why is "prime" synonymous with farmland?
I've seen statistics that show farmland growing in the past 50 years. Is that possible? One source said that, in 1960 there were 856,083 harvestable acres compared to 2011 when there were 1,034,831 harvestable acres.
Whether it has grown or been depleted, what do we do as a community to accommodate a growing area? Should we push new opportunities away and keep the status quo because our community isn't willing to accept new opportunities? We need to find a way to coexist.
The younger generation isn't trying to take away precious farmland! We just want new opportunities in the valley, so we can work and be close to our friends and family. Is that too much to ask for?
According to Merriam-Webster's third definition, prime means "the most active, thriving, or satisfying stage or period." I agree the most active, thriving, or satisfying stage is agriculture in Modesto and the valley. Is this because we don't have anything else to offer our community or is it because we don't want to offer diversification in employment opportunities?
I'm coming to the conclusion that some residents don't care about our future. I hope this isn't the case.
Modesto needs to create a "prime" employment center off the freeway that creates thousands of needed jobs.
Young Modestans for Jobs