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Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Shrimp Day, a holiday that always makes your host want to rewatch the Hollywood classic Forrest Gump. Ever been on a shrimp boat?
Here’s today’s agriculture news.
Farmers seeding this year’s crop are worried about the ongoing drought in parts of the Prairies. As the Western Producer reports, Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Drought Monitor map shows the drought is getting worse.
According to the map, which was released on May 7, southeastern Alberta, southwestern Manitoba, and parts of southern Saskatchewan, are in the “extreme drought” category.
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke recently with Manitoba farm women about their families’ need for flexible child care. The Manitoba Co-operator reports.
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that a decision allowing wine from the West Bank to be labelled as a product of Israel was not reasoned properly, and should be sent back to the complaints and appeals office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for reconsideration. The Canadian Press reports.
Calls early in the pandemic to localize the food-supply chain, and to make radical changes to food systems and risk-management programs, were unfounded, say some economists. The Manitoba Co-operator reports.
The Financial Post takes a closer look at the unsteady future of food manufacturing in Canada.
A farm in Ontario’s Norfolk County is looking for answers after migrant farm worker Ramario Morgan died last month while quarantining in a hotel room. As CBC News reports, his death has devastated the farm’s staff and owners.
CBC News looks at how food couriers are taking risks so others can stay home during the pandemic.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1518 says municipalities in B.C. should give food-delivery workers a permit to park for free in restricted areas for up to 15 minutes. CBC News reports.
In other food-delivery news, the City of Montreal says it will provide $500,000 in funding to create a local non-profit or co-operative that can compete with large food-delivery services like UberEats and SkipTheDishes. The Canadian Press reports.
Medina Spirit, the winning horse at last week’s Kentucky Derby, has failed a drug test. As the Associated Press reports, Churchill Downs immediately suspended Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who trains the dark bay colt.
The European Union’s top court has upheld the bloc’s partial ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides, which prevents their use on certain crops. In so doing, the court dismissed an appeal by Bayer to overturn a lower court’s decision to sustain the ban. Reuters has more.
The Guardian explores America’s “food forests.”
And former U.S. president Barack Obama announced over the weekend that the family dog, Bo, has died. CNN has more.
The Guardian celebrates its 200th year with a look at the paper’s beloved food section. It turns out that tastes — and our thoughts about cooking — have changed quite a bit since 1821.
This story was copy-edited after publication.