It is being headed up by Environmental Planning Associate Professor David Connell who argues the locations of the biggest cities in the country can in part be attributed to there close proximity to some of the nation’s best farmlands.

Consequently he suggests as these cities expand some of the countries most fertile land is taken out of production and used for development of shopping malls, condominiums, and golf courses.

Thus his study will try to measure how much importance the public attaches to the preservation of quality farm lands, and whether or not all levels of government are implementing policies which reflect public priorities.

Funding for the study is coming from a $464,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council insight grant.