The Sprout: China blocks Canada’s decision to formalize canola dispute at WTO
Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout, where July brings with it; National Baked Bean Month, National Bison Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Grill Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National July belongs to National Blueberry Month and National Food Month. watermelon. We think it’s safe to say that this foodie vacation shows summer has officially arrived!
Here is the agricultural news of the day.
China blocked Canadian efforts to refer an ongoing dispute between the two countries over canola to a World Trade Organization dispute settlement committee.
As CBC News reports, China’s procedural blockage of a Canadian attempt to turn the trade dispute into a formal complaint requiring dispute resolution was widely expected. Canada could reiterate its request at the next Dispute Settlement Council meeting on July 26, where China is unlikely to be able to block the request a second time.
WTO rules state that “the country ‘in the dock’ can block the creation of a panel once, but when the Dispute Settlement Body meets a second time, the appointment can no longer be made. blocked (unless there is a consensus against the appointment of the panel. “
Around the city
Statistics Canada this morning released international merchandise trade data for May 2021. According to Statistics Canada, imports rose 2.1 percent while exports fell 1.6 percent. Canada’s merchandise trade balance fell from a surplus of $ 462 million in April to a deficit of $ 1.4 billion in May. You can find the full version of the data here.
The Calgary Stampede has released the list of competitors for this year’s rodeo. You can find the full list of rodeo superstars here.
The governments of Canada and Ontario this week announced funding for new research at the Ontario Crop Research Center in Bradford. You can find the press release here.
More than 1,000 people fled the village and surrounding area of ââLytton, British Columbia, where fire destroyed most houses and structures in the farming community. As reported by CBC News, Brad Vis, the local MP for the area, said in a Facebook post that 90% of the village is gone and authorities are still trying to account for all residents. Evacuees are invited to register with an evacuation center to help the authorities with their count.
Maple Leaf Foods on Wednesday announced plans to buy four hog farms in Saskatchewan. In a press release, Maple Leaf Foods said the farms came from a group of companies known as Polar Pork. The purchases will help “improve Maple Leaf’s overall hog supply and significantly increase its hog production capacity in the province,” the company said. You can find the full version here.
A forage plant near Lethbridge, Alberta appears to be have been heavily damaged by fire. As reported by the Western Producer, the Green Prairie International forage plant, which has been receiving hay since mid-June, caught fire late Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are unknown.
Reuters reports that ChemChina is looking to increase Shanghai IPO $ 10 billion for the Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta Group. The move is likely to be the world’s largest flotation this year.
Also from Reuters: Long-term drought conditions in much of Mexico could worsen in the coming weeks. Experts warn high temperatures could damage crops as water shortages loom.
The Washington Post examines how the European Union work on a plan phase out the practice of keeping farm animals in cages.
And a new study suggests bacteria found in a cow’s stomach could help break down plastic. The Guardian reports.
Cats in a municipality in the city of Melbourne, Australia, will be subject to a 24-hour curfew, starting in October, after Knox City Council passed a new rule requiring owners to keep their pets. cats on their own property at all times. NBC News reports.
That’s all for us this week. Have a good weekend and see you Monday.