Plants require nutrients to grow. As plants grow, they use nutrients from the soil. When they are harvested, they take those nutrients with them and so they need to be replenished for the next crop.
Improved farming practices and the use of fertilizers have helped feed the world while saving habitats that would otherwise be needed for growing food.
Conventional or Organic Fertilizer
The nutrients used by plants to support healthy growth are the same, whether they come from organic or conventional fertilizers.
Humans have been adding substances to food for thousands of years to make food last longer or improve taste. Historians have found records indicating salt was used to preserve meat as early as 3000 BC!
In a world where many people are hungry and malnourished, an estimated one-third of all food is lost or wasted!
Antibiotics in Food
Are you concerned that antibiotics might be in your food? Have you heard of a “withdrawal period?
Protecting water is essential for sustainable agriculture – meeting the growing demand for food production while protecting the natural resources on which the world depends.
Horticulture in Canada
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Over 120 different fruit and vegetable crops are commercially grown in Canada.
Most farms today look very different than they did 50 years ago. What has stayed the same is the commitment to caring for the land, crops and animals.