Ontario's Fruits and Vegetables By: Aneela

Where do Fruits and Vegetables Grow in Ontario?

Apples grow the best in the areas around bodies of water like lakes.

Some lakes for example would be, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Georgian Bay, Lake Ontario. In Ontario, the air temperatures keep changing and so will the water temperatures. As a result to this, late spring frosts, and early fall frosts occur and the growing season is extended.

If in the spring for example it all of a sudden gets too cold, then the little flower buds on apple trees will not flower, then no apples will grow. The Canadian industry does not own a lot of land to grow crops on. however, they do have control of how much of each crop they grow.

Making It Better: There are many greenhouses in the southern part of Ontario but not many in the northern. We could start putting more in those parts of Ontario, and it will save money on shipping fruits and vegetables over there.

How Are Fruits and Vegetables Harvested?

Vegetables that are supposed to be canned or frozen are harvested with a mechanical harvester.

Crops are being harvested more and more now with the mechanical harvesters. Mechanical harvesters are good because no one would have to actually go in the fields and hand pick the crops since that would take a long time and use a lot of people to help. If they have a lot of people helping then they are going to have to get payed for it and that would be taking money away from the government.

Someone still has to be driving it

Making it better: The mechanical harvesters still have to have someone inside controlling it, but it would be nice if someone was not needed, but that is probably a lot more technology knowledge needed.

Using Them Responsibly

You could try growing your own fruits and veggies.

By not wasting food, you are using resources (fruits and vegetables) responsibly. That is using it responsibly because you are making do with what you have and finding a way to use what you have but don't need. When you go grocery shopping, make sure you only buy what you know you will need. Do not over buy resources because they are going to end up rotting and you will throw them away since they are no use to you anymore.

Donate to a charity or food bank

Another way to use fruits and vegetables responsibly is to donate them if you can't use it. In France, a new law was out down that grocery stores must donate their unused food to a food bank or charity. If you have to much of something, you could give it to someone else that needs it.

Making It Better: To reduce the amount of food being wasted in Ontario, we could put down a law just like in France, where grocery stores have to donate their unused food to a food bank, charity, or give it to the homeless. We could also put up signs around stores saying "only buy what you need" so people don't over buy food and end up wasting it.

Limited and non Limited Resources

All fruits and veggies or not limited and can be accessed easily. All you need to do to get it is go to a grocery store or farmers market. Ontario have their own places reserved for growing crops which are the best spots, so they make sure they never run out. They are fruits and vegetables so if you run out, all you really have to do is plant more seeds again but depending on season, it might take a little while longer to grow.

All resources have to be replaced over a certain period of time because these resources are fruits and vegetables and they can start rotting, then you can not eat them anymore.

Canadian imports

(fruits):

- Bananas

- Watermelons

- Oranges

- Pineapples

- Lemons

- Grapes

-Melons

- Strawberries

(vegetables):

- Cauliflower

- Potatoes

- Tomatoes

- Onions

- Cabbages

- Celery

- Carrots

- Lettuce

- Peppers

Canadian Exports

(fruits):

- Cranberries

- Apples

- Cherries

- Grapes

(vegetables):

- Potatoes

- Tomatoes

- Peppers

- Cucumbers

- Carrots

- Cabbages

- Onions

Yes, some of these fruits and vegetables are in both imports, and exports, but that is because we import a lot of resources from the USA and they grow similar things to us, here in Canada.

Keeping Resources Sustainable

Growing season of fruits and Vegetables in Ontario

You need to know the growing season and spoilage rate for different fruits. You have to store them properly. Most fruit are stored somewhere cold or not too hot. If it is more tropical fruits, then you could store them out in the open, but eventually you will have to put them somewhere cold so they do not start rotting. However, excessive cold will spoil the fruits even more and so will full on sunlight.

If a part of the fruit is open and then left there, it will spoil quicker. In groceries and factories, they use natural biodegradable products increases the quality of fruits and keeps them riper for longer shelf time.

Brown, rotting, bananas

DO NOT STORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TOGETHER BECAUSE SOME FRUITS GIVE OFF A HIGH LEVEL OF ETHYLENE WHICH EARLY RIPEN VEGETABLES.

Store vegetables in the refrigerator, vacuum seal it and put it in the fridge. When it is picked, it is picked early when it is mature and not ripen, and put in a temperature controlled truck while shipping to grocery store.

Vacuum sealed vegetables

Making It Better: Groceries should have gardens in the back, so they can grow their own fruits and vegetables that are more fresh and have no added chemicals to it, while still importing fruits and vegetables from other industries and farmers if they need to.

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Created with images by Aproximando Ciência e Pessoas - "Frutas e Vegetais" • MDGovpics - "Hogans and Rutherfords Foodbank"

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