Canada Imports More Food than it Produces

March 25, 2012 /Updated: Oct 2, 2012

Startling statistics on how much food Canada as a beautiful enormous country with a small population that imports more food than it produces.The statistics are staggering and shocking from a country that was one of the largest food producers of the world.

Statistics on Canada’s Food Imports:

Food with integrity is more than a slogan for a slick ad business, the food business is a multi-billion dollar industry, plus it is inherently important to the survival of human life. The highest quality should be the goal of every country to produce for their own population.

Here are a few examples of where Canada is heading for higher prices in their food supply:

- Canada Imports 53% of its vegetables, 100 % of fruit.

- In 40 years red meat imports have gone up 600%.

- In 15 years, imports rose 150%, the population only went up 15%.

-In 2004 Alberta imported 170 Million dollars of fresh vegetables.

- In 2004 Alberta only exported $400,000.00 worth of food.

-In Ontario’s rich farm land 4 Billion dollars worth of food was imported than it produced.

-These foods are cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers -foods that can be grown in Canada.

-In Nova Scotia they produce 1/2 of the blueberries they made four years earlier.

Canadian’s agricultural industry has gone away and for basic “food survival” the Canadian government must invest in real, food agriculture not large corporate farm mills.

Today, nutritious, organic food is very difficult to find, thanks to trade deals with foreign countries, the Canadian government has agreed to buy:

1) More Foreign Food imports which raises the price for consumers.
2) More GMO products which consumers refuse to buy and are unlabeled.

These two policies alone has destroyed independent farmers, has lowered jobs and has prevented Canadians from enjoying healthy, natural organically grown foods. The trend is proving to be counterproductive and will change the health of Canadians in a negative way.

Consumers Can Change these Trends:

These trends of importing more than producing food in Canada impacts jobs, the economyand food security.

Consumers are starting to take action by using common sense and supporting the real food industry in the following ways.

1) Canadians are demanding better from their grocery stores, insisting on  local food products.

2) Consumers are not buying GMO imported foods or fish products from Foreign countries.

3) The public is demanding that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency deny entry to contaminated foreign foods.

4) Families are buying from local farmers, local food producers and becoming Locavores of real food.

5) Many families are growing their own food in pots, containers, back yards and adding to their natural food supply.

Hellmann’s – It’s Time for Real from CRUSH on Vimeo.

This video was produced to send a message to Canadian consumers and how important for their families to buy local. 


When you Google Canadian Food the results are gravy, french fries, McDonalds and junk food and it is not a pretty picture.

Here is a handy Local Food finder: Local Food Plus where you can punch in your province, and your city and find local food makers to buy from and enjoy real food: 

Note: For example, Hellman’s mayonnaise is made from GMO Soy in the United States and sold to unsuspecting Canadians as real food, it is far from it.

Most processed foods imported from the USA are all made with genetically modified ingredients and now are sold in Canada.

Any product that contains: Soy, Corn, Sugar, and coming on board GMO wheat are GMO foods, and must be avoided for a healthy family. 

Curated News:

Greenpeace Canada:

How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods in Canada

Eat Real Eat Local Food not GMO Foods in Canada

How Canada is Turning into a Marketplace for GMO United States Agriculture

There is a App For Avoiding GMO Foods -By Brand Labels for your Phone

Quebec Still Wants GMO Foods Labeled Despite Conservatives Stalling 

Real Raw Food, Recipes and Guides

Read even more:

The Traditions, Cultures of Canadian Foods

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