By Fadi Didi
Canada's meat packing and processing industry welcomes Wednesday's approval by the European Parliament of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Canadian Meat Council Chair Troy Warren asks that the Canadian and E-U governments commit to resolving the technical barriers that prevent the agreement from being implemented as envisaged by the negotiators.
The meat processing industry says the agreement offers the potential of significant exports of Canadian meat to the European Union, provided the remaining technical constraints are addressed successfully.
Warren says while the industry recognizes certain barriers may require additional work, others should be able to be resolved quickly.
Some Canadian food banks are growing their own produce -- and even farming fish -- in a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food.
The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without soil.
The waste from the fish fertilizes the plants.
Donations of fresh food have been declining and higher food costs make it tougher to stretch donated cash.
Questions on critical files remained unanswered after the Trudeau-Trump meeting this week.
A joint statement released after the meeting said the two sides would continue talks on regulatory issues to make them more business friendly and to cut costs without compromising health, safety, and environmental standards.
But the statement did not provide details on how it would get there.
On trade, business leaders said they felt some relief after Trump told reporters Monday that NAFTA would only be tweaked, rather than torn up, as he had promised on the campaign trail.
Insect forecast maps from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry indicate grasshoppers, pea weevils and cabbage seedpod weevil numbers are all on the rise in the province's southeast and have the potential to reach severe levels in some areas in 2017.
Alberta Agro-Info Centre crop specialist Mark Cutts says a long, open fall allows the adults a longer period of time to lay eggs
Cutts says then, ultimately, if conditions are right in the spring, there can be significant hatches.
He notes insect pests are also typically cyclical, and the region is at the height of the cycle for some pests.