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, courtesy of the blog Little Miss Ottawa.
Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
A new study has found that litter consisting of single-use food and beverage containers has spiked during the pandemic. In 2020, such containers accounted for 26.6 per cent of waste collected through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC) — nearly twice as high a percentage as 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. CTV has the story.
The federal government’s new Agricultural Clean Technology Program is now taking applications from farmers and agri-businesses who need help developing and adopting technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while staying competitive. More information is here.
Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation has elected a new chair, vice-chair, and two directors to its board. Real Agriculture has more.
A crushed-milk silo at the Canada Royal Milk plant in Kingston, Ont., was being blamed for a “strong odour” on Tuesday. As Global News reports, no one was injured when one of the plant’s storage silos collapsed, causing some milk to spill out. The company notified the Ministry of Environment of the spill.
Real Agriculture looks at how more canola processing is increasing the likelihood of American crops getting 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 be pricey.
And CTV News has a story about a farm in rural Nova Scotia that’s helping veterans fight food insecurity. The Veteran Farm Project, which began in 2018, is owned and operated by Jessica Miller and Steve Murgatroyd, two military veterans who wanted to help fellow veterans transition from the Forces to civilian life.
Officials said Tuesday that Argentine policymakers and the meat industry may be close to reaching a deal to resume beef exports. Reuters has more.
Also from Reuters: Some Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reject any action that would exempt oil refiners from biofuel mandates.
The Western Producer reports on Ukraine becoming a major grain competitor.
And the food bank in Cornwall, U.K., has received thousands of tonnes of food left uneaten by G7 police and security officers. As BBC News reports, it will be distributed to schools and the homeless.
Missing travel? Got cabin fever? CBC News catches up with a man from Glasgow who started recreating airline meals for Sunday dinner to take him and his husband back to pre-pandemic times and happy memories.
This story was copy-edited after publication.