Agriculture: then and now - Food accessibility (video)

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Video transcript

[Upbeat music.]

[White background]

Text on screen: agriculture: then and now

Text on screen: food accessibility

[Fade to a black and white picture of a woman with homemade canned goods.]

Text on screen: then

Female narrator:
Then: Preserving the summer’s harvest was essential to surviving Canadian winters. Some folks had root cellars to store their fruits and vegetables for up to six months.

Text on screen: store up to six months

Others canned, dried and pickled their food to make it last. But, freshness and variety were often lacking…

Text on screen: freshness was lacking

…once the dark, cold months set in.

[Picture fades to a black and white collection of various vegetables.]

Text on screen: now

[Picture gradually turns to colour.]

Now: Canned and pickled foods are still popular, but state-of-the art technologies mean lots of variety year long!

Text on screen: year-long variety

For example, fruits and vegetables stay fresh up to 12 months…

Text on screen: fresh up to 12 months

…in climate-controlled storage facilities, or they can be flash frozen…

Text on screen: flash frozen

…with little impact on nutrients, taste and quality.

[Image fades to coloured picture of a man in a greenhouse with yellow bell peppers]

Also, cutting-edge greenhouse technologies allow farmers to grow vegetables year-round.

Text on screen: grow vegetables year-round

So the veggies you eat in February taste almost as fresh as the ones that come straight from your garden.

[Fade to white.]

We’ve come a long way.

Text on screen: We’ve come a long way.

[Upbeat music fades out.]

Text on screen: Canada 150 logo

Text on screen: See how much we’ve grown.

Text on screen:

[Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada wordmark]

[Canada wordmark]

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