Dirt on Farming

Dirt on Farming - 2014 Edition

Guelph ON, November 26, 2014 – Canada’s farmers are ready to share the real dirt on food and farming with their fellow Canadians.

The Farm & Food Care Foundation has launched a new edition of the popular publication “The Real Dirt on Farming”, which answers Canadians’ questions about food and farming, and tackles hot topics –like pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs – head on.

For the first time, the 50-page booklet, originally published in 2006 and re-issued in 2010, is now a national initiative with a distribution target of one million copies, and support from agricultural organizations from coast to coast.

Also for the first time, “The Real Dirt on Farming” goes beyond just a print publication and now includes a whole suite of resources and activities that provide information on key topics in Canadian agriculture, from caring for farm animals and growing crops to food safety, the environment and the economics of farming.

The newly launched “Real Dirt on Farming” website, www.RealDirtonFarming.ca also provides access to current and past copies of the publication, as well as other related resources and information. In addition, a shorter digest version is being developed that will be inserted into Canadian newspapers and magazines.

Contact Farm & Food Care Ontario for more information.


Dirt on Farming - 2010 Edition

What questions do you ask about Canadian food supply and farming practices?

  • How are farm animals raised on today’s farms?
  • Are there hormones or antibiotics in our food?
  • How does food production impact our environment?
  • What does organically-grown food really mean?
  • What effects do farming practices have on our health?

The answers to all these questions – and many more – about food and farming in Canada can be found in this booklet, ”The ‘Real’ Dirt on Farming II – The People in Canadian Agriculture Answer your Questions”.

The national publication was published in 2010 with input and involvement from farmers and farm groups, educators and agribusinesses across Canada.

For example:

  • Did you know that 98% of Canada’s farms are still family owned and operated?
  • A Canadian farmer could only feed 10 people a century ago, but can now feed over 120 today.
  • Farming productivity has jumped by 300 per cent since the 1950s - and at the same time, we’re using fewer resources, less land and newer, better technologies to produce more food.

Anyone who wants to know more about farming and issues such as farm animal care or food safety will find this 44 page full-colour booklet to be a helpful resource - perfect for students, educators, politicians and the media. This booklet is an update to an older version published in 2006. The new version contains all new facts and statistics as well as much new content on topics that have emerged over the last four years.