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"Taking land and growing food on it blocks development projects too."

Knowing about the issue by experience, no it doesn't block development projects BY ITSELF. Tho it can put the people involved in an interesting conflict with municipal and real estate crooks, especially if the former hold their ground and cause a mess. Think of the struggles around the Mohawk lands of Tyendinaga in the upper Great Lakes.

But there hasn't been enough of this... anti-development struggles aren't just about extractive industry or logging... it's first and foremost the sprawling suburbs that are the biggest problems and most devastating form of ecocide. They're both supported and supportive of the techno-industrial society. Extractivism is important to oppose, but the biggest elephant in the room has been far too overlooked.