Text on screen: agriculture: then and now
Text on screen: managing pests
[Fade to a black and white picture of a horse pulling a hopper-dozer with animated grasshoppers inside.]
Text on screen: then
Then: Apples and cabbages had worms,
[A cartoon image of an apple with a worm inside appears on screen.]
Text on screen: worms
…and grain crops were being devastated by grasshoppers.
[A cartoon image of a grasshopper appears on screen.]
Text on screen: grasshoppers
Farmers were often helpless against these pests since control options were few or unknown. Early research did come up with some solutions like the hopper-dozer …
Text on screen: hopper-dozer
…and poison baits to help limit grasshopper populations. But mostly, the bugs and diseases…
Text on screen: bugs and diseases
Text on screen: winning
[Image changes to a black and white picture of a man and a woman in a field.]
Text on screen: now
[Picture gradually turns to colour.]
Now: Thanks to research, there are many ways to protect crops. Farmers closely monitor insect and disease levels…
Text on screen: crop monitoring
…and treat crops only when and where they need to.
[Image changes to a coloured picture of an insect trap.]
Text on screen: traps
[Image changes to a coloured picture of various plants in the same field.]
…and companion planting…
Text on screen: companion planting
[Image changes to a coloured picture of one insect attacking another.]
…to regulated use of insecticides and good bugs that prey on bad ones.
Text on screen: good bug vs bad bug
[Image changes to close up of a healthy pear.]
Farmers now have more efficient ways to tackle pests, and to protect our food, our health, and our environment.
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We’ve come a long way.
Text on screen: We’ve come a long way.
[Upbeat music fades out.]
Text on screen: (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food (2017)