The pandemic brought an influx of funding to charities, giving a boost to programs that cut food waste. But with that money now gone, researchers and food redistribution organizations are looking for alternative ways to prevent the problem.
Higher food prices have pushed some of the more than 60,000 temporary farm workers who come to Canada each year to skimp on their own meals so they can make sure their relatives at home are able to afford food.
Commercial salmon fishers and environmentalists are crying foul — for opposite reasons — after U.S. fisheries officials let American fishers hit the water while the Canadian government kept their counterparts ashore.
Health care is responsible for about 4.6 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, and many of these emissions can be traced back to waste from food and a reliance on single-use plastic items, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The average price of food has soared by 8.8 per cent, forcing about a quarter of Canadians to cut back on their grocery bills in an effort to adapt, StatCan reports. But those increases haven't been equally distributed, with the price of some foods spiking nearly twice as much as others.
Real estate prices have soared across Canada in recent years, and farmland is no different. From B.C. to the Maritimes, farmland near urban centres is being eyed by developers seeking to turn fields into suburban malls and cul-de-sacs.
Zebra and quagga mussels are small freshwater mussels originally from the Black and Caspian seas. The invasive mussels can transform aquatic food chains and grow in thick carpets that can clog farm irrigation lines, hydropower dams and municipal waterworks. Keeping them out of B.C. is a full-time job for two dedicated dogs.