Farming on the Margin
Nova Scotia Agriculture

Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  20min  
Resource Type:  Slide Show
Cx Number:  CX331

This slide-tape show addresses two issues - the changing role of the farmer and diminishing agricultural production in Nova Scotia.

Abstract:  This slide-tape show addresses two issues - the changing role of the farmer and diminishing agricultural production in Nova Scotia. The montage shows that food production has declined and employment has been reduced. The reasons for both are attributed to growing industrial concentration of the industry, which is controlled by foreign corporations, and the lack of government intervention in this situation. This results in the collapse of traditional patterns of life, depopulation and demoralization. The montage demonstrates that the cause of the problem is not a lack of resources but rather a structural one related to the economic organization of production in Canada, which works to the advantage of central Canada and foreign companies. Solutions proposed are changes in government policy along with local determination, self-sufficiency, and land and corporate control, as well as easier credit arrangements for farmers. The program is done within an historical content and backed up by statistical information, graphs, and charts which illustrate changes and trends in population, land use patterns, and agricultural production.

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