For such a down-to-earth pursuit, farming is a remarkably sophisticated field. Technology is part of the reason why.
Packed alongside 30 other volunteers and Free The Children (FTC) staff aboard an open-air lorry, we ramble down dirt roads through Kenya’s South Narok region, red dust billowing around us. Along the roadside, local children and adults, unabashed in their threadbare clothing, smile and wave enthusiastically.
They are among the great pleasures of summertime in Canada – visits to farmers’ markets, feasting on fruits and vegetables bursting with ripeness, and savouring other Canadian grown and produced foods.
The number of blossoms on the Y U Ranch in Ontario has multiplied over the last decade, providing sustenance for the wild bees that share the habitat with the Texas Longhorns raised by Cathy and Bryan Gilvesy.
California’s current record-breaking drought is a keen reminder of just how much Canada’s future food security depends on the efforts of Canadian farmers – so it is heartening to see the passion, commitment and ingenuity that the newest generation of farm families brings to the table.
Of the $27-billion of food that is wasted each year, half comes from households, according to an estimate by Statistics Canada.
When Torontonian Ron Schlumpf was invited to visit a Canadian grower to learn where his food is coming from, he jumped at the chance.
With thriving businesses of every size – from family farms and mom-and-pop operations to endless fields of canola and sophisticated operations that make packaged foods – Canada’s agri-food industry is alive and well.
As citizens of one of the world’s leading agri-food producing nations, all Canadians share a stake in this important sector.
Never before have Canadians had such a wide variety of food choices. Experts say the information age is a leading force, driving consumer demand and the options presented by food makers
As technology, world markets and consumer preferences have evolved, so has the way farmers do business.