Over the years, we have seen a movement from the farm to urban settings. In fact, over the past 100 years, the number of farmers has dropped from 3.2 million to 300,000 farmers. The number of farms has also dropped over that same time, from 511,000 to 206,000 farms.
This shift has meant that most Canadians have lost touch with farming and food production. Many of us often don’t understand how our food is grown or how agriculture has changed. This leads to questions and the need to provide credible answers, which is something this column tries to address.
So how do we find out what is happening on our Canadian farms? How do we find out about how Canada’s farm animals are treated and raised, or about how crops are grown? What goes into growing all these food crops and raising all these animals?
Farm & Food Care Ontario is an organization that was created through the amalgamation of the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) and Agricultural Groups Concerned about Resources and the Environment (AGCare). Both well-respected groups were formed in 1988 as non-profit, agricultural education coalitions representing Ontario’s livestock farmers, crop farmers, and associated organizations.
Farm & Food Care Ontario brings farmers, agricultural professionals, related businesses, government organizations and other groups together with a mandate to provide credible information on food and farming in Ontario.
If you go to their website (www.farmfoodcare.org) and look for the tab that says “Virtual Farm Tours” you can find out all about various farming operations we have in Ontario, including beef, dairy, turkey, vegetable, chicken, fruit, egg, veal, greenhouse vegetable, goat, pig, grain, as well as ratite (ostrich, emus, rheas) and deer/elk farms. If you can’t get to the farm, this is a great way to find out what actually goes on. It’s the next best thing to being right there.
Think about this – There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
Just some food for thought.
Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website at: www.wegrowfortheworld.com