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Food Science and the Canadian Food System

01.0 Overview

In this lesson, we will define the field of food science, and discuss the size and scope of the food industry in Canada. We will take a look at food production, importation, and distribution within Canada. Apple production and processing will be discussed as an example of the conversion of an agricultural product into a variety of food products. Finally, we will monitor some food consumption patterns and trends which have occurred over the past 40 years.


After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • describe the field of Food Science;
  • describe the breadth and relative magnitude of various sectors of the Canadian food industry;
  • identify the trends in food consumption in Canada;
  • illustrate the ways that foods are distributed to consumers in Canada; and
  • discuss how apples are converted into a variety of food products and how they are store

Optional Reading

Top 10 Food Trends for 2019: