Check out Blueberries!

Blueberries have reached superstar status for their fantastic taste and unique health benefits. At Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, scientists study what makes blueberries so healthy and help blueberry growers find safer ways to deal with pests and use water and nutrients more efficiently.

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[Happy, electronic background music.]

[A blue picnic blanket against a green background. Several loose blueberries are falling from the top of the screen. A bowl full of blueberries follows and lands in the middle of the screen.]

Text on screen: Blueberries

Male narrator:
Blueberries! You clearly have good taste. In Canada, we adore blueberries. They're great...

[Camera zooms out and several plates of food containing blueberries fall onto the picnic blanket.] the handful in salads, pancakes, desserts, sauces, on meat dishes. For cooks, the sky is the limit.

[Picnic blanket leaves the screen and is replaced by a red cartoon barn with a conveyor belt leading into the main door. There are different containers of blueberries on the conveyor belt. Every second a new container pops up on the belt, moving the existing containers through the front door of the barn.]

That's probably why we are the second largest producer of cultivated blueberries in the world. But there's more.

[Cut to a close-up of a blueberry. Thin lines surround the blueberry giving the impression that the blueberry is being examined.]

In a world where health and nutrition are more and more important, the blueberry has become a superstar because it's rich in antioxidants...

Text on screen: Antioxidants

...low in calories...

Text on screen: Calories

...and, of course, tastes fantastic.

[Camera pans away from the blueberry to focus on a mechanical scale. There is a yellow, cartoon person in the background. One side of the scale is filled with weights. A handful of blueberries falls from the top of the screen to fill the other side of the scale.]

At Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada our researchers are studying what makes blueberries so healthy related to aging, cancer, and managing cholesterol, just to name a few.

Text on screen: Significant health benefits relating to: aging, cancer, managing cholesterol

[Camera zooms out slightly to show more of the scale and the cartoon person in the background.]

We work in the lab...

[Camera quickly pans right to focus on a yellow, cartoon researcher standing beside the conveyor belt examining baskets of blueberries as they pass by.]

...and in the field, helping growers of both wild and cultivated blueberries find new, safer ways to deal with pests, and to use water and nutrients more efficiently.

[Camera quickly pans up to focus on a bowl of blueberries sitting on top of the map of Canada.]

Studying blueberries up-close and personal...

[A yellow, cartoon hand enters the frame and grabs a handful of blueberries and retracts off screen.] we can all benefit from this tasty and healthy little fruit.

[Male narrator speaking with his mouth full.]

It's a tough job...


...but somebody has to do it. Try another food product.

[Happy, electronic background music fades out.]

[Fade to black.]

Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Text on screen: © Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, represented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2011.

[Canada wordmark]

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