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'The Real World' Meets Farm Life in This New Canadian Web Series

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How much do you know about where your food comes from? The first episode of a new web series released Wednesday is aiming to show Canadians just that.

Real Farm Lives is a six-part series that follows the lives of three farming families on properties in Saskatchewan and Ontario, in an attempt to educate viewers on food and farming.

"We know that fewer and fewer people have a connection to agriculture," Pierre Petelle, CEO of Croplife Canada, who is producing the series, told HuffPost Canada. "There's a lot of hype around crop protection products, pesticides, whether they're safe, we hear a lot of things about GMOs. And really, for someone who's not immersed in this or not involved in the area, it can be confusing."

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The series, which is shot like a documentary, is meant to clear up “misinformation” around farming technology, HuffPost reported.

The first episode featured the Renwick family living on their Chatham-Kent, Ontario, farm.

"I think we need to bridge that gap where ... every family used to have a close connection to the farm. Maybe [they] had a farm, or their parents had a farm, and I think that that is not the way it is anymore," Chris Renwick told HuffPost.

The Renwick farm produces corn, soybeans, and wheat, according to HuffPost.

"I think that it's just people in urban areas maybe don't understand what we're doing and how we're doing it, and we want to make sure that they understand why we're doing things the way we are to produce the healthy and safe crops for them to eat," he said.

Another participating farmer, Madison Englot, also agreed that the show could highlight the link between farming and food that ends up in grocery stores.

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"We really need to educate people on where their food comes from, why it comes from there and how, so that they understand what they're eating and are not afraid to eat what's presented at a grocery store," Englot told HuffPost. "We're not dumping jugs of chemicals onto the seed that goes into production. That's not how it is."

Pests often threaten crops on farms worldwide, which can contribute to food insecurity as a whole, but pesticides also create major risks to the environment and global health, so understanding safe, healthy farming methods and technology is key.

As Englot put it, this show could also successfully show people "what it takes to get food from the farm to the table."

And who knows — maybe it’ll be a new favourite, released just in time for the wintery, television-watching season.