Farmers shared their views on how to make the food production system sustainable during an online Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week panel discussion Monday.
It was Ecology Day, one of eight themed days that were part of the all-virtual 55thannual event which ended Tuesday with Crops Day.
Organizer Lorie Smith said by email the technical production quality was great and doing the entire event online in light of COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gathering was a success, especially given the huge task for her small team.
“This week has been incredible: we have been sending feeds all across Canada, and the U.S.; and bringing speakers in across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand.”
Tuesday’s sustainability discussion kicked off with moderator Rob Campbell looking at sustainability in terms of environmental and social considerations as well as profit.
People should care about sustainability because fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than they used to be due to soil depletion and a preference for fast-growing and pest-resistant varieties, he said.