This week, we present some facts and figures on food and farming:
  • 716: number of certified organic farms in Ontario
  • 1%: percentage of Ontario farmland that is certified organic
  • 100%: percentage increase of certified organic acreage over last decade
  • 80%: percentage of organic produce in Ontario that is imported
  • 45%: percent less energy typically used by organic farming
  • 40%: percent more greenhouse gases produced by conventional farming
  • 12%: percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture
  • 1,000: pounds of carbon that organically managed soils are estimated to store per acre
  • 30: years of a trial that found that organic corn and soybean yields were equivalent to conventional yields
  • 31%: percentage higher yield for organic corn compared to conventional during droughts
  • 0.5%: percentage of Canada’s land area that is prime farmland
  • 52%: percentage of Canada’s prime farmland located in Ontario
  • 18%: percentage of Ontario’s prime farmland lost to urban sprawl between 1976 and 1996
  • 17,000: pesticide products currently on the market
  • 1%: percentage of pesticides that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required testing off
  • 44%: of produce in the U.S. grown in cities during World War II
  • 90%: of produce consumed in Havana, Cuba that is grown within the city
  • 800,000,000: number of people estimated to farm in cities