Blueberry Farms Replacing Pigs on Prince Edward Island

Farmers in the Canadian region are increasingly profiting from blueberries and soy, not animal agriculture.


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An income report released last week by Statistics Canada found that animal agriculture on Prince Edward Island is heavily declining. Instead, farmers are profiting from plant-based crops such as blueberries, potatoes, and soy. From 2000 to 2016, the worth of the pig industry fell by more than $20 million while the soy and blueberry industries—both of which were worth a miniscule amount in 2000—are currently valued at $16 million and $8.8 million, respectively. According to local news outlet CBC Canada, the number of pig farmers on the island is currently only a few dozen—compared to hundreds that were in operation in 2008. Stateside, farmers are planting 53 percent more chickpeas this year in anticipation of the increasing demand for plant-based protein.