Welcome to Farmissues.com – your gateway to information about Canadian food and farming.
Decades ago, there wasn't a need for an information source like this one. In 1931, one in three Canadians lived on a farm. Today, it's only one in 46.
But, while the number of farmers has dwindled, our productivity has soared. Where our grandparents or great grandparents could produce enough food for 10 people, today's farmer can feed well over 120. At the same time, we're using fewer resources, less land and newer, better technologies to produce high quality, Canadian products. This will be especially important as Canadian farmers strive to do their part to feed a growing world population.
At the end of the day, farming in this country is still very much a family business. Today, about 98 per cent of Canadian farms are still family-owned and operated and are often handed down from generation to generation.
We're excited to see a growing interest in where food comes from. Over 94% of Canadians surveyed a few years ago by Ispos-Reid indicated they knew little or nothing about farming, yet almost 2/3 of you said that you'd like to know more.
Within the sections of this website we hope to answer some of your common questions about farming in Canada in the 21st century and give you more information on Canadian crops, farm animals and the farmers who care for them 365 days a year.