Land in classes 1 to 3 in the Canada Land Inventory has been termed ‘dependable agricultural land’ and represents land with a high capability for sustained agricultural production.
Farm area represents the category ‘Total farm area’ from the Census of Agriculture—this includes the following land use categories: cropland, summerfallow, tame or seeded pasture, natural pasture and other land.
Settled area is based on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) 30 m land cover code for developed areas. Some northern areas only partially covered by the AAFC land cover (see Map 1, Appendix C in Statistics Canada, 2013, “Measuring ecosystem goods and services in Canada,” Human Activity and the Environment, Catalogue no. 16-201-X for geographic coverage) were supplemented with estimates derived from Statistics Canada’s settlements data and AAFC’s 30 m land cover.
Cropland is land producing field crops, hay, fruit, vegetables, sod and nursery crops.
A net carbon sink absorbs or takes up more carbon than it releases as part of the carbon cycle.
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