Dirt on Farming

2014 Edition - coming soon

Work has begun on the third edition of The Real Dirt on Farming - which will be available in the fall of 2014. The original booklet will be accompanied by a suite of new resources including a digest version, Speakers' Bureau and more.

To learn more or to become involved in the new edition, click here.


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.