We start a look at the Global Food Supply by looking at our historical roots. In Canada there were many people diverse people groups that had developed before the country was united as one nation. We will look at these different groups with a focus on where they obtained their food and how this effected their lifestyles. (This assignment requires both of the files below. One is the table and one is the map)
Without the ability to import materials from far away, the Aboriginal groups of Canada made use of whatever they had available in their local environment. This meant inventing uses for materials that you would never think of easily. In the prairie provinces the Aborignals such as Cree and Blackfoot followed the movement of the large herds of Buffalo for its many uses.
All people learned what plants were useful in the environment. This may have been what they could learn to plant and harvest or what grew naturally in the area.
Early settlers of Canada didn't have easy access to goods from afar and also learned how to make foods and materials from locally available goods. Here are some example of locally available foods that have become the traditional Canadian regional dishes.
Even in the modern age, we are always finding new ways of using the foods and materials that are available to us. Sometimes we change the plants by cross breeding or by genetically manipulating crops to make them more resistant to pests, to grow faster or to yield more produce. Other times we have come up with more inventive ways to use what we have available, such as how we use one of the most readily available crops that we grow... Corn.