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Lecture

Agricultural Canada


Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 2RC3
Professor
Walter Peace

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Agriculture in Canada
October 5, 2011
10:33 AM
Introduction:
Ager, agric(latin)= field
St. Isadore- patron saint of farmers and farming
Census farm: an agricultural holding with sales of agr. Products in excess of
$250 / year (1886)
An agricultural holding which produces at least one of the following for sale:
crops, livestock, poultry, animal products, greenhouse/ nursery products,
mushrooms, sod, honey, and maple syrup products
Agriculture related Issues:
1. Impacts of urbanization on agricultural land
1. Decline of family farm vs. agribusiness
1. Genetically modified foods
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Contribution of agr. To GDP has decreased
1961=4.4%
19962.0%
Area in farmland steady (more or less) in last 60 years
1961 25.7 million
hectares
1931 66 mill.
1951 70.4 m (max.)
2001 67.5m
Number of farms has decreased
1901 511,000
1931 728,000
1961 480,000
2001 246,900
Avg. farm size has increased
1901 20.3
hectares
1931 90.6
1961 145.1
2001 273.0 (max.)
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