The Sprout: Canadians forgo bacon as meat prices soar
Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout, where it’s October! (Seriously, where did September go?). For gourmets, October brings with it: the month of country ham; National Apple Month; National Applejack Month; National Caramel Month; National Cheese Month; National Chili Pepper Month; National Cookie Month; National Dessert Month; National Pasta Month; National Persimmon Month; National Picked Pepper Month; National Pizza Month; National Popcorn Month Poppin ‘; National Pig Month; National Pretzel Month; National Sausage Month; National Seafood Month and National Vegetarian Awareness Month. Phew !!
Here is the agricultural news of the day.
We start with sizzling meat prices. As iPolitics’ Jeff Labine reports, a new study from Dalhousie University found that nearly half of all Canadians say high food prices keep meat from eating. Of the 10,000 Canadians polled by the school in September, nearly 50% said they had bought less meat products in the past six months because they were too expensive, according to the study. You can find the full Dalhousie study here.
As Bloomberg reports, the same study also found food inflation in Canada has almost doubled as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic drive up food prices.
Meanwhile, the price of bacon in Canada reached an all-time high. Statistics Canada data shows the price of bacon hit an all-time high last month, averaging $ 8.24 per 500 gram packet in August. As reported by CTV News, this was the first time the price of bacon has crossed the $ 8 mark.
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Canada’s GDP contracted in July, down 0.1 percent. As CBC News reports, agriculture declined 5.5 percent due to extreme heat and drought in Western Canada. Meanwhile, wildfires in British Columbia have caused the forestry and forestry industry to contract 3.9 percent.
The Globe and Mail examines how the federal government’s tax structure kills the buzz for small cannabis growers three years after legalization.
A sports bar in Kingston, Ontario. lost his alcohol license after announcing that he would not apply the vaccine passport of the province. As reported by CBC News, JAKK Tuesdays said on Facebook that he refused to ask for proof of vaccination. In a press release, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) said the pub’s temporary liquor license suspension is effective immediately.
US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday that the US Department of Agriculture would put “significant” funding in large-scale pilot projects of climate-smart farming practices with the aim of creating new markets for sustainably produced goods. Successful farming has more.
Forbes see how farm stays on Airbnb are increasingly popular during the coronavirus pandemic.
We end with an annual tradition: Fat Bear Week in Alaska. As NPR reports, Fat Bear Week highlights some of the most impressive brown bears located in Katmai National Park in Alaska as the bears prepare for winter hibernation. Fans can vote for their favorites, with participating bears paired up against each other in a “March Madness” style contest.
That’s all for us this week. Have a good weekend and see you Monday.