Canadian consumers seek out sustainably produced food

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Food and Recipes

As many Canadians are interested in sustainably grown food, various agricultural industries and farmers are embracing practices that meet the demands of conscientious shoppers. The strawberry industry is a prime example of the strides made in agriculture in pursuit of sustainability.

There is high demand for strawberries in Canada – in fact, far more than domestic production can supply. Almost 100 per cent of strawberries imported into Canada come from California, allowing us to enjoy this favourite berry year-round.

These strawberries are grown on multi-generation farms with sustainable techniques to minimize environmental impact. For instance, farmers prioritize hand weeding to reduce the need for chemical herbicides, use mechanical bug vacuums that effectively remove harmful insects (which reduces reliance on pesticides), release beneficial insects like ladybugs as a primary defense against pests and opt for fish emulsion as a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.

The California strawberry industry also invests millions of dollars into crop research, leading the world in environmental research dedicated to reducing pesticide use. Find more information on sustainable strawberry production at californiastrawberries.com

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