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We all have opinions about food – how it’s raised or grown, what’s in it, who’s producing it and how healthy it is. But what do we really know about our food system? What shapes our attitudes about food and farming? What’s the science involved in food and farming? What’s the latest on sustainability? We’ll show you what Alberta agriculture is all about. Start by clicking on the questions below.
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food DEMOCRACY can be simply described as the influence that consumers and farmers have over the food choices available to them. It recognizes that people can bring about change and make agriculture and our food system healthier, safer and more sustainable. Play the video and click through the overview boxes below to trigger your learning.
What is food DEMOCRACY?
The idea of food democracy may seem complicated. However, simply put, food democracy refers to the control that people – including farmers and consumers – have over their food choices. Food democracy encourages everyone to actively participate in the food system – which involves how and where food is raised and grown, its processing, distribution and consumption, as well as the waste that results. It recognizes that people can make the current food system healthier and more sustainable.
Food and democracy are both important. We all need food. We all have rights and freedoms that are made possible by democracy.
However, some believe that we are not as connected to our food system and our democracy as we should be. Do we really have the power to choose the foods we need and want? Do we have the ability to influence change in the food system? How does the global food system influence our choices? What are the economics of the food we eat?
Become a better informed food consumer. Create a project that is focused on local, national or global food policy.
Activate your learning by clicking EXPLORE food DEMOCRACY. Open the animated pins on the photo banner to find sources that spark questions for inquiry. Investigate food democracy with the sources in the carousel slides. Challenge your agriculture knowledge with the trivia question in each slide.
Agriculture is considered by some to be the job of the future. And the future of farming is said to be high tech and low impact on the environment. smart AGRICULTURE uses technologies and “smart” practices to raise and grow food sustainably, protect biodiversity and respond to climate change. Play the video and click through the overview boxes below to trigger your learning.
What is smart AGRICULTURE?
Agriculture has always been “smart” – through ongoing development of practices and technologies that help produce more and higher quality food.
Today, smart agriculture is focused on the use of technologies to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting biodiversity and the environment. It includes better food safety and animal health practices, biotechnologies, digital technologies, climate-smart practices and waste management.
What advantages and challenges do these technologies provide? Do we have all the facts about the food we eat?
Myth: Large-scale agriculture feeds the world. Fact: According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, family farms produce over three-quarters of the world’s food. How can family farms be supported by smart agriculture?
Myth: Biotechnology means genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Fact: Biotechnology involves several technologies (not just GMOs), many of which have been used for hundreds of years. What biotechnology misconceptions affect food choices?
Myth: Only meat labelled “hormone-free” is hormone free. Fact: No meat (or food) is hormone-free… all animals and plants naturally produce hormones. The use of added growth hormones is prohibited in Canadian animal products. What is the science of the food we eat?
Be more involved with your food system. Create a project that focuses on the “smart” technologies and science behind food production and fact-checks the realities of modern farming.
Activate learning by clicking EXPLORE smart AGRICULTURE. Open the animated pins on the photo banner to find sources that spark questions for inquiry. Investigate smart agriculture with the sources in the carousel slides. Challenge your agriculture knowledge with the trivia question in each slide.
sustainability MATTERS because it is all about finding responsible ways to live that protects the land, resources and livelihoods for future generations. Sustainable food systems recognize the importance of ecosystems, the relationship between agriculture and natural environments and the challenges posed by climate change. Play the video and click through the overview boxes below to trigger your learning.
What are sustainability MATTERS?
A popular definition of sustainability states that sustainability matters in order to “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” How does sustainability help us create a better world?
Sustainable food systems recognize the importance of ecosystems, the relationship between agriculture and natural environments and the challenges posed by climate change and soil and water contamination.
Sustainability for Alberta farmers is about more than just the environment. It is socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable.
How are farmers today producing food that maintains the health and diversity of people, plants and animals, and protects natural resources? What challenges do farmers still face? How can collaboration and stronger connections between food consumers, communities and farmers make sustainability matter?
Spread the word about sustainable food systems. Create a project that focuses on sustainable farming practices or profiles a local farmer. Highlight social, economic and environmental factors that influence food systems.
Activate learning by clicking EXPLORE sustainability MATTERS. Open the animated pins to find sources that spark questions for inquiry. Investigate how and why sustainability matters with the sources in the carousel slides. Challenge your agriculture knowledge with the trivia question in each slide.