The Sprout: Feds spend another $100 million on food banks
Good morning and welcome to Sprout, where Hamburg’s national holiday is – because that’s the first meal that comes to mind a few days before Christmas. Even if you happen to be in California (and California only), it’s National Kiwi Fruit Day.
A reminder that Sprout will take a vacation break from December 23rd. We’ll be back on January 4th with all your farming news. Here is today’s agricultural news.
Agriculture Secretary Marie-Claude Bibeau says the federal government will be distributing $ 30 million to indigenous communities and about $ 65 million to local organizations across Canada to help support food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a virtual press conference on Friday, Bibeau explained how the latest $ 100 million investment to tackle food insecurity would be split. Food Banks Canada and the Breakfast Club of Canada will each receive $ 18.5 million, and Community Food Centers Canada, Second Harvest, and The Salvation Army will each receive close to $ 9 million, Bibeau said. The Canadian press reports.
Meanwhile, at his own press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the fact that more than a third of food bank users are children “unacceptable”.
Bibeau also released a statement on Canadian agricultural exports in 2020 last week Canada is well on the way to surpassing our record from last year $ 67 billion in agriculture and agri-food exports and that we are getting much closer to our government’s goal of 75 billion US dollars by 2025, ”it says. You can find the full publication here.
Around the city
The House of Commons has risen for its vacation. MPs are expected to return on January 25th.
Canadians plan to eat less and donate more in 2021, according to a survey published Friday by Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab (AAL) and Angus Reid. As reported by CTV News, only 30 percent of Canadians plan to eat healthier food in 2021 – a 28 percentage point decrease from last year’s survey and a break with the traditional late December promise to eat better in January.
The Ontario government has officially capped the fees third-party grocery delivery apps can charge – just in time for another provincial lockdown.
Macleans Magazine takes a look at Canada’s foreign policy goals for 2021.
Senior officials in China said late Friday that the country would industrialize biotech breeding as part of a wider effort to improve food security. As Reuters reports, this is seen as a sign that Beijing is getting closer to commercializing genetically modified crops.
Low-income children in the United States wait months for food aid to replace lost school breakfast and lunch. As Politico reports, millions of school children have spent almost a semester without federal payments to help their families buy groceries, despite the rising hunger for children in the United States and Congress approving the aid.
And Denmark says it will dig up millions of mink, the remains of which pose a new contamination risk. Bloomberg reports.
The Trump administration is resetting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules for ingredients in … frozen cherry pie. According to a former FDA chief, the changes mean “the American people are free to add extra fruit and sugar and make the crust extra thick”. The Washington Post reports.
See you tomorrow.