The Sprout: Economic growth up 0.4% in August, according to Statcan



Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout, where it’s National Oatmeal Day. The weekend marks National Sweet Corn Day (delicious!)

Here is the agricultural news of the day.

The head

We start with a GDP update. Statistics Canada said on Friday morning that the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector fell 5.7%, following a 5.5% drop in July, all subsectors being down in August. Overall, Canada’s real domestic product rose 0.4% in August, driven by increases in accommodation and food services, retail trade and transportation.

“Record-breaking heat and drought conditions in Western Canada continued to severely affect the sector’s output, contributing to the largest consecutive monthly contractions since the series began in 1997,” StatCan said of the observed decline. in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Agricultural production (excluding cannabis) fell 10.9% in August after falling 13.2% in July, the agency said. The declines brought activity back to levels last seen in early 2003, according to Statistics Canada. Meanwhile, animal production and aquaculture contracted 3.5 percent in August, more than offsetting the 3 percent gain recorded in July when more cattle were slaughtered due to a lack of fodder. to the ongoing drought.

Overall, 15 of the 20 industrial sectors monitored by StatCan posted gains, as a 0.6% increase in growth in service-producing industries offset a 0.1% decline reported in goods-producing industries. .

You can find the full Statistics Canada release here.

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Around the city

Corteva has appointed Chuck Macro as the company’s new CEO, effective November 1. Real agriculture has more.

In Canada

Alberta Food Banks saw an almost 30 percent increase in visits since 2019, Food Banks Canada said in its annual Hunger Count report, released Thursday. As the Calgary Herald reports, food banks across Alberta recorded a total of 116,396 visits in March 2021, a 29.6% increase from March 2019. The only province that saw a larger increase of the number of visits was to Quebec with an increase of 38.1%.

Vancouver city councilor wants city to explore move 20 percent of their food purchases to the city to products of plant origin for environmental reasons. As reported by the Vancouver Sun, the motion is presented by Council. Pete Fry.

The price of Liberty, a widely used herbicide, has grown significantly in Canada. As Real Agriculture reports, Liberty’s price increase for 2021 was initially set at 8%, but BASF then decided to adjust 25% from last year’s suggested retail price given the increased prices for phosphorus, solvents and additives.

Also from Real Agriculture: Canadian provinces publish their respective usage figures for AgriRecovery drought programs.


Ambassador of Afghanistan to Canada makes an urgent appeal for food aid as millions of Afghans risk starving to death and also calls on the international community to pressure the Taliban to reopen Afghan airports to allow more commercial evacuations. Only two major airports are currently open in Afghanistan, including Kabul. The Canadian Press has more.

Reuters reports coronavirus infections in US meat factories were much higher than previous estimates, according to a new report from the House Special Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Bloomberg examines how Food safety alarm bells ring in North Africa, while BBC News digs deeper into the food crisis in Ethiopia.


The kick

Ahead of the Halloween festivities this weekend, a bat is at the head of its field of competitors “by many” in New Zealand’s bird of the year competition, according to a report by The Guardian. The pekapeka, or long-tailed bat, is the first mammal to be entered in the 16-year history of competition. It was cleared as part of an effort by the organizers to raise awareness of the critically endangered status of pekapeka. The pekapeka campaign for the bird of the year has also been endorsed by the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment.

That’s all for us this week. Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

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