Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where the second week of June apparently brings with it Negroni Week (apologies for only realizing this today. We blame the heat wave).
For the foodies among us, today is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day — another dessert classic that can also be taken as a sign summer is upon us.
Here’s today’s agriculture news.
The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the United Nations Environment Program have combined forces to create an expert panel tasked with developing a global plan to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans.
As Reuters reports, the One Health High-Level Expert Panel held it first meeting in May and is tasked with establishing “good practices to prevent and prepare for zoonotic outbreaks” while also developing “risk assessments and surveillance frameworks.” The panel was initiated by France and Germany and is expected to publish its first recommendations later this year.
Trade Minister Mary Ng will provide a keynote address to agriculture business leaders during a presentation to the plant protein focused roundtable on Thursday. The speech is set for 11 a.m. ET.
The Canadian government has launched a $647.1 million strategy to try and help save Pacific wild salmon stocks. The Globe and Mail reports.
The Calgary Stampede lost $26.5 million in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic force it to cancel. As CBC News reports, now Stampede organizers are asking the City of Calgary for help in its dealings with the bank.
Bloomberg is reporting the Indian government will need to spend an additional US$11 billion ($13.3 billion) to provide free vaccines and food to the millions of individuals hard-hit by the deadly coronavirus wave.
In trade news: the Biden administration said on Tuesday the United States will target China with a new “strike force” aimed at combating unfair trade practices. Reuters has that story, too.
Agriculture workers in Colorado could soon get minimum wage and overtime after lawmakers approved new legislation on Tuesday. As the Denver Post reports, the bill is now waiting for Gov. Jared Polis’ signature.
Argentine grain exports were bogged down on Tuesday after customs officers seeking access to the COVID-19 vaccine went on strike for seven hours. Reuters has more.
The BBC looks at what the Northern Ireland Protocol is and explains why it affects sausages.
An Ottawa street artist has been hiding tiny sculptures of food around the city during the coronavirus pandemic — to the delight of city residents. As CTV News reports, foods sculpted include pretzels, mini grilled cheeses, burgers and more.