A Mexican temporary worker succumbed to COVID-19 on May 30, reports the Windsor-Essex Health Unit in southwestern Ontario. The news comes on the heels of a weekend outbreak in Norfolk County with 125 positive cases from the Scotlynn Group based in Vittoria. Seven were hospitalized, with four released.
The complex issue of plastics has been analyzed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and a cross-industry working group. Its most up-to-date guidance defines three categories: preferred, minimize and unfavourable.
The Canadian government released a new guide for temporary workers on May 28 with more details on employer responsibilities and worker rights. It’s available in English, French and Spanish.
On June 9, the Greenbelt Foundation will release a report on opportunities to grow southern Ontario’s fruit and vegetable sector. Six crops are identified, including fresh grapes, pears, strawberries, garlic, eggplant and sweet potatoes.
Global produce association leaders look to the future at United Fresh LIVE! closing session on June 19. CPMA’s president Ron Lemaire and chair Davis Yung will be on deck.
Favourable weather has helped potato growers plant the 2020 crop, with most acres across the country 70 to 90 per cent seeded, according to United Potato Growers of Canada. British Columbia growers will start digging the early-planted Warba variety in early June.
Highlighting the Canadian food system is the aim of a new campaign launched by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. It’s called: It’s Good, Canada.
Ontario’s celebration of Local Food Week goes online for June 1 to 7. One of the events is a Facebook Live farm tour with asparagus grower Rebecca Compton.
There’s a downside to reducing pumpkin acreage this year. Squash bees are reliant on the crop for survival. Plant at least one acre to protect future generations, says Susan Willis Chan.
A “Growing Stronger” project is launching between the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute to shape future research and discussion in the post-COVID era.