Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Eat All Your Veggies Day and National Apple Strudel Day — both suitable snacks for a picnic! Looking for some picnic spot ideas in Ottawa? Here are a few ideas, courtesy of the blog Little Miss Ottawa.
Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
A new report has found litter of single-use food and beverage containers has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic. As CTV news reports, in 2020, single-use food and beverage containers accounted for 26.6 per cent of waste collected through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC)– nearly twice as high as the percentage seen in 2019.
“We suspect the change may be one of the many implications of COVID-19, including more people ordering restaurant takeaway and consuming more individually packaged foods,” GCSC spokesperson Julia Wakeling said in a release.
The federal government’s new Agricultural Clean Technology Program is now open to applications to help provide farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance competitiveness. You can find more information here.
Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation has elected a new chair and vice chair along with two new directors to its board. Real Agriculture has more.
A crushed milk silo at the Canada Royal Milk plant in Kingston is being blamed for a “strong odour” coming from the plant on Tuesday. As Global news reports, no one was injured when one of the plant’s storage silos collapsed, causing some milk to spill on the floor. The company has also notified the Ministry of Environment about the spill.
Real Agriculture looks at how a surge in canola processing is increasing the prospect of U.S crops being shipped on Canadian railways to Vancouver.
A small wine boutique in downtown Toronto says it wants to make the wine industry more diverse. As CBC News reports, Grape Witches has started a scholarship program to help women of colour access higher wine education that can often pricey.
And CTV News shares the story about a farm in rural Nova Scotia that is working to help veterans fight against insecurities. The Veteran Farm Project–which began in 2018–is owned and operated by Jessica Miller and Steve Murgatroyd, two retired military veterans who wanted to help veterans transition from the forces and who had also suffered indignities in service.
Officials said on Tuesday that talks between Argentine policymakers and meat industry officials may be close to reaching a deal on re-opening beef exports days. Reuters has more.
Also from Reuters: Some Democrat U.S. lawmakers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reject any action that would exempt oil refiners from biofuel mandates.
The Western Producer looks at how Ukraine has developed into a major grain competitor.
And the food bank in Cornwall, U.K., has received thousands of tonnes of unused food leftover by G7 police and security officials. As BBC News reports, the leftover food will be distributed to schools and homeless.
Missing travel? Got cabin fever? CBC News catches up with a man from Glasgow who started recreating airline meals for Sunday dinner in order to take him and his husband back to pre-pandemic times and happy memories.