A study conducted by Dalhousie University‘s Agri-Food Analytics Lab finds when it comes to perceptions of sustainable farming practices, there’s a considerable generation gap.

The study, based on a survey of over 1,600 respondents, shows young Canadians between the ages of 18-34 have a relatively lower confidence level, with less than half (46%) believing the capabilities of farmers as stewards of the land. In comparison, 73% of those in the 55+ demographic expressed confidence in farmers. Middle-aged respondents between 35-54 years old hold a moderate view, with 60% voicing their confidence.

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sustainable farmingThe study also delves into regional perspectives on modern agriculture practices and technology. Overall, 54% of Canadians appreciate the advancements made. Residents of Manitoba and Saskatchewan particularly stand out, with 65% fully recognizing the shift toward modern agriculture.

Exploring the urban-rural divide, the survey finds varying perceptions of urban influence on farming decisions. While a small percentage of rural respondents (7%) feel there’s a strong urban influence, 32% see it as moderate. On the flip side, urban opinions also reflect this perception to some extent, indicating the complex dynamic between urban and rural perspectives on agriculture.

Finally, when it comes to the challenges faced by farmers and the agriculture community today, older Canadians showed a greater awareness of the issues (30%) compared to just 12% of younger respondents. The gap highlights the need for increased education and extensive dialogue across generations.

For more information and to view the full report, click here.

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