Comment 26449

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted August 29, 2008 at 21:51:19

Farms are a business like any other, and the people that own them are interested in making as much money as possible.

If a farm owner finds that he/she can make more money by selling the land than working it, then why wouldn't they sell the land to developers?

The market is simply a reflection of what people choose to spend their money on, in this case, single family homes. If single family homes were not in great demand, then developers would not be buying this land in the first place.

If demand for food increases over time, as well as the potential for profits, investors can always offer to buy up residential areas and turn them back into farms.

That is the great thing about the profit motive, it maximizes resource use so that society gets the most bang for the buck at any particular moment in time.

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