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CAN: Greenhouse light reduction bylaw is being challenged

A farm operation in Leamington is challenging the municipality’s greenhouse light abatement bylaw. Great Lakes Greenhouses Inc. is taking the matter to the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.

The company alleges the Municipality of Leamington bylaw is restricting a normal farm practice.

“What has transpired is Great Lakes and I presume there to be a fair number of others that will take this to a situation called the Normal Farm Practices Board because lighting is considered a normal farm practice as it is writing in the regulations,” says Joseph Sbrocchi, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association.

Sbrocchi says the greenhouse sector wants to work with municipalities to come up with a solution that is right for all.

“They’re challenging the bylaw as it stands because it’s a disabler to them, they need to have flexibility. The greenhouse sector wants wants to be a good citizen. We are willing to go to whatever extreme we can within reason,” says Sbrocchi. “As far as our sector is concerned we have the right, it’s in the regulation to use lighting. If the Canadian population is to have locally produced food 365 days a year, you can only do it that way, with lighting.”

The municipality of Leamington says they anticipated applications to the provincial agency.

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