Jeremy Hansen: Hello! My name is Jeremy Hansen, and I’m an astronaut at the Canadian Space Agency.
Did you know that space technologies play a key role in the food we eat? The data collected by satellites is used for many purposes, including agriculture. As an astronaut who grew up on a farm in southern Ontario, this is a topic that really interests me!
Satellites like RADARSAT-2 have made Canada a world leader in Earth observation, which includes agricultural land. It’s hard to imagine that space technologies have an impact on what we eat, isn’t it?
Well, that’s what the Space to Spoon exhibition is all about. It was developed by the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canadian Space Agency. Visitors will learn how satellite data helps Canadian farmers monitor their crops and determine the condition of their land.
Radar data allows farmers to better manage their resources, like water and fertilizer, and engage in agricultural practices that are sustainable and environmentally responsible.
The Space to Spoon exhibition will be travelling all over Canada. I hope you’ll go see it when it comes to your area!