Thanks to you, we can add our defeat of the Highland Companies' proposed Mega-Quarry to the growing list of victories for our planet achieved through community action.

The Melacthon Mega-Quarry would have permanently destroyed more than 2,300 acres of Ontario's best farmland, requiring 600-million litres of water to be pumped out of the pit each day in perpetuity.

On October 21, 2012, the David Suzuki Foundation united over 200 top chefs from across North America for Soupstock, a "culinary protest" in Toronto's Woodbine Park. The chefs offered original soup creations honouring Ontario's rich agricultural bounty, and local farmers and producers donated more than 10,000 pounds of fresh ingredients. More than 40,000 people showed up to celebrate local food and farms and protest the Mega-Quarry.

A month later, in the face of massive local opposition, Highland Companies withdrew its application for development, proving that people power really can prevail.

Read more about the Megaquarry win.

Photo — Soupstock. Credit: Laura Berman