The Highlands company started buying farmland in Melancthon several years ago saying they wanted to become the province’s largest potato growing operation, which made sense to local farmers as the area is well known for its particularly high quality soil and micro-climate. About one quarter of the all the potatoes eaten in the Greater Toronto Area come from there. After many local farmers had sold their farms the real motives of the company became apparent. Under that rich and rare soil is a fortune in high quality limestone worth upwards of eight billion dollars. The company no owns around 8000 acres of land and has applied for permission to mine 2400 acres.
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