Another Letter to the Findlay Courier
Amusement was probably not the effect sought from the recent letter on farmland and solar farms, but I couldn't help but chuckle. The impact of solar farms on the total amount of farmland is akin to the flush of your toilet on sea-level rise. It is a lame argument for the continued use of fossil fuels and against any change, even if it leads to progress.
Any reductions in tillable farmland are mainly due to increasing residential housing, industrial courts, and retail centers. Think of it as "Little Mansions on the Prairie". Solar farms and winds farms are on land leased from the farmers who will raise crops right next to them. The total effect on the farm is minimal and is financially beneficial to the farmer.?
Noise, shadow-flicker, and the deaths of a few predatory birds were strawman arguments against wind turbines. Now, the use of farmland and 'no sun at night' are specious arguments against solar farms. If you are that concerned about diminishing farmland, then have your subdivision torn down and buy tiny houses, or stop shopping at the mega retail centers, or lobby for new zoning laws.
In all the above cases, the land was bought from farmers. It was not eminent domain or arm-twisting. It was what made the most economic sense to the farmers. If you are really concerned about the farmers, make it so selling land is not a wise move economically. Quit complaining about food prices and let them sell crops at a price where they can make more money by holding on to their land.