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.
A world leader
Canada is among the world leaders in cranberry and blueberry production. Cranberries are native to Canada’s Atlantic provinces, where they grow wild and are sometimes known as “marsh apples.” They have become big business in several Canadian provinces—Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of this tart red fruit.
For centuries, blueberries were a favourite among Canada’s First Nations peoples. Today people from around the world enjoy our blueberries as Canada is the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of blueberries!
What Canadians eat is constantly changing as a result of shift in demographics and food trends. Farmers must meet adapt and grow crops that meet changing demand. Through plant breeding, scientists have developed varieties of warm climate crops such as eggplant, okra and sweet potatoes that thrive in the Canadian climate.
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Journey 2050 Lesson: 2
This resource is a great addition to Lesson 2 – Plant Health
What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?
snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.
Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics here.
Sources available at: https://aitc-canada.ca/en-ca/learn-about-agriculture
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