From the rising post-pandemic grocery costs to extreme drought across the country, it continues to be a tough year for many Canadians. Some positive food news from this past week, though, includes government relief for farmers and ranchers, food packs for children in need, and a new anti-food-waste app launching in Canada.
Here are five notable food news stories that you might have missed over the past week.
Canadian government announces drought support
Many farmers and ranchers across Canada have been severely affected by this year’s drought following extreme temperatures and little to no rainfall. The federal government has responded with the announcement of support measures including a livestock tax deferral provision and insurance adjustments that will allow for use of drought-damaged crops in feed.
Learn more at the Toronto Star.
Rising grocery costs lead to more at-home gardens
In the aftermath of the pandemic, Canadian families are paying more for their groceries. Because of this, many are turning to cost-saving practices like growing their own food.
In an effort to stabilize food costs, many consumers are planting home gardens and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables to feed their families.
Read the story over on Global News.
B.C. restaurants take stand against overfishing of wild salmon
Due to overfishing and other factors including climate change, pollution, agricultural runoff, barriers to migration, and predators, the Pacific salmon population is declining. As a result, many B.C. restaurants have decided to remove wild salmon from their menus in order to help the population recover.
Visit CBC News to read the full story.
Too Good To Go app comes to Canada to reduce food waste
Too Good To Go is the world’s largest marketplace for excess food and has just arrived in Canada by way of Toronto.
With the app, local businesses to can offer bags of surplus food at the end of the day to prevent waste. Anyone with the app can purchase a "Surplus Bag" at a reduced price from restaurants, bakeries, cafes, stores, and other food sellers.
The app is expected to expand throughout the rest of Canada in the coming months.
Read the article at RestoBiz for more.
Food Banks Canada delivering food for children in need
Food Banks Canada's "After the Bell" program plans to deliver 150,000 healthy food packs to help combat food insecurity in children.
The pandemic and school closures have made this an especially tough year for many kids, and the program aims to provide some relief by providing meals for children in need.
Read the story at CTV News.