Why does agriculture matter?

Agriculture feeds the world. With a world population over 7.3 billion and increasing concerns about the economics and sustainability of the food system, that’s a big responsibility. Consumers also have a responsibility to make informed food choices that support local and global agriculture.
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 bio and digital technologies and “smart” practices to respond and adapt to it's growing global role.
The sustainable production of food is crucial for the world’s growing population. Sustainability can be an evolving concept as more is learned about best practices that protect ecosystems, allow us to raise and grow safe food products and protect the livelihoods of local farmers.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?  

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Smart Agriculture

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?

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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.

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Sustainability Matters

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