Posted October 15, 2018 07:14:01 Canada’s largest beet farm in Harrogate, Ontario, has been producing fodder for the country for a century.
But now the industry is facing a crisis, with the industry in danger of going bankrupt.
It’s not just the beet farmers who are suffering.
“We have a big problem with our seed,” said Andrew Sartore, the farm’s head farmer.
“The industry is in the middle of a financial crisis.”
In the early 1900s, when the United States introduced the first grain-based crop, Canada’s farmers were already struggling to make ends meet.
Today, most of the world is in a food crisis, and the world produces about 50 per cent of the food that we eat.
In the past, Canada imported a large share of its food.
In 2012, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ranked Canada 13th among countries for food security.
But in recent years, Canadian agriculture has been experiencing a sharp drop in revenue.
In 2017, Canada exported just $10.3 billion, a drop of more than 30 per cent from the previous year.
That’s due in large part to the low prices of wheat and corn, which have driven up the cost of production and made it harder for farmers to compete with farmers in other countries.
“It’s a crisis,” said Sartove.
“If we keep going in this direction, we will lose our food security and we will never be able to feed our people.”
Sartole, who started the farm about 150 years ago, has spent the past few decades cultivating the country’s favourite vegetable.
“I’ve been growing the beet in a way that’s healthy for the environment and I’ve been very careful with the management of the land,” he said.
“These are the kinds of things that should be used in the cultivation of food crops.” “
But the industry has become very tight-lipped about its future. “
These are the kinds of things that should be used in the cultivation of food crops.”
But the industry has become very tight-lipped about its future.
“As far as we know, this is the last time that we’re going to have a beet farm,” said Steve McInnes, the president of the Canadian Potato Growers Association.
“This is a great example of how the industry and the government are working together to help support the farming community, but the industry’s not quite sure how to deal with this situation.”
Sargent’s beet farm is part of a huge growing sector of Canadian farmland that is being pushed out by the price of wheat, corn and soybeans.
In recent years there has been a sharp rise in the price for wheat, which is now more than $3.50 per bushel, compared to $1.20 per bushell a decade ago.
Sargant’s beet farmer, who is also the president, said it’s difficult to say whether the price has risen because of the increased production or whether the crop is being exported to China.
“A lot of our farmers are being squeezed out of the market,” he explained.
“China has a huge appetite for food, and they want to make sure they can compete in a world where their demand is rising.”
Sargeant’s crop is exported to the U.S. and Canada, as well as Australia and the U