ICYMI: SkipTheDishes continues grocery expansion, Quebec restrictions renewed, and more

Here are five food stories you might have missed this week

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Within the flurry of food inflation-related reports flowing from nearly every media outlet across the country, this week in Canadian food news offered a mixed bag of interesting, concerning, and familiar stories. 

From how the Canadian cattle industry is tackling climate change to Quebec renewing many of the province’s previous COVID-19 restrictions, to a very disturbing act of animal cruelty from a B.C.-based farming company, here are five food stories you might have missed this week.

SkipTheDishes to launch e-commerce retail locations across Canada

Back in early September, we reported on SkipTheDishes beginning to dip their toes into the Canadian grocery pool. This week, the Winnipeg-based delivery company announced plans to move forward with a cross-Canada expansion that will see the company launch 38 new retail locations for e-commerce grocery delivery. 

Visit The Globe and Mail for more.

Canadian cattle industry reducing carbon footprint

A recent study by Agriculture Canada and the University of Manitoba, which compared greenhouse gasses produced per kilogram of beef produced in 1981 and 2011, reportedly showed that in the 30 year period, Canada’s cattle industry was able to reduce emissions by roughly 15 per cent. 

According to experts associated with the study, ongoing research, different strategies, and new technologies will be the biggest factors on the industry’s ability to keep up the trend. 

Find the full breakdown at CBC News.

Canadian poultry company and BC farm guilty of animal cruelty

A B.C.-based farming company and an Ontario-based poultry processor were each fined $300,000 this week after pleading guilty to two charges of animal cruelty. The initial charges stemmed from horrific video footage taken by a Mercy for Animals volunteer in 2017, which showed workers mistreating the birds in a multitude of malicious ways. 

Head to Global News for the full story (discretion is advised).

Drought continues to stifle Prairie farmers

Although this year’s summer drought led to one of the harshest harvests for Prairie farmers in recent memory, according to new reports from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, 99 per cent of the Prairie’s agricultural land is still either “abnormally dry” or in drought. 

The report, along with data released from Statistics Canada earlier this month, lead many to believe that next year’s summer season will be even worse than 2021. 

Find out more at CBC News.

Quebec restaurant restrictions renewed

Restaurants and bars across Quebec were met with a slew of familiar and frustrating announcements this week as the province renewed many of its previous COVID-19 restrictions. 

Since the announcement, several of the provinces restaurants and bars have posted notices of precautionary closures due to COVID-19 contraction or exposure, while others have decided to return to takeout-only. 

Head to Eater Montreal for more information.