Monday, September 27


Agriculture, carbon emissions, Commodities, Environment

Scientists are toilet-training baby cows to cut emissions

Breadcrumb Trail Links Commodities Agriculture Cows have been at the center of some of the more innovative experiments aimed at making them greener Author of the article: Bloomberg News Sybilla Gross Researcher Lindsay Matthews next to cows at a farm in New Zealand. Photo by HANDOUT/RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIM/AFP via Getty Images Article content A toilet-training program designed to help treat cow urine in a more sustainable way could help minimize the environmental impact of toxic substances produced by the waste. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content While discussion of the climate effects from the meat and dairy industries has largely focused on methane emissions from cattle, ...
Agriculture, China, Commodities, Nutrien Ltd.

World’s largest fertilizer firm sees boon from China hog farming

Article content continuedThe fertilizer industry is poised to benefit from this shift from smaller farms to mass production since commercial-sized hog feedlots will use more crops that require nutrient inputs. Nutrien, the world's largest crop-nutrient supplier, expects demand for all fertilizers in China to increase in 2021 due to tight domestic crop supplies, demand balances and higher crop prices.Magro also highlighted China demand during a conference call to discuss third-quarter results, noting that tight supplies in the Asian nation are pushing up prices.“We believe the increased demand for both Chinese feed and food is structural and we expect elevated grains and oilseed imports into 2021 and beyond that,” Magro told analysts on the call.Nutrien executives also said the business ...
Agriculture, Commodities, Indigenous Issues, Nova Scotia lobster

Contentious catch: Inside the lobster dispute that’s roiling a Nova Scotia community

Article content continuedSack said the scale of his community's food, social and ceremonial fishery — another protected Indigenous right — is also minimal, but Sproul and others are quick to point out that fishery, also in St. Marys Bay, has been the source of controversy before .In a 2017 sting called Operation Magnet, federal fishery officers placed microchips on the lobsters caught in Sipekne'katik food, social and ceremonial traps. Eventually, they traced some of the lobster to the Halifax airport and seized a 2,268-kilogram shipment headed for China .This August, Sheng Ran Zheng and his company Guang Da International, which operates a lobster pound in Nova Scotia, were convicted of illegally selling the lobster and he is awaiting sentence. At his trial, Zheng insisted his staff mis...
Agriculture, BHP Billiton Ltd., bhp group, Commodities, Mining, Nutrien Ltd., potash

BHP CEO eyes pivot to potash, but Nutrien chief warns new mines make’no sense’

Article content continuedHenry, who took over as chief executive in January and originally hails from British Columbia, has so far only reiterated that BHP won't make a final decision on whether to bring the mine into production until the middle of 2021.Still, the Melbourne-based company has already spent US$4 billion on the project, and has completed construction on more than two-thirds of the first phase of the mine, including a 97-meter tall headframe, and at least one shaft that is one kilometre in depth.That has led some analysts to speculate that the company is unlikely to walk away from the project, although Henry said it is a possibility."If we were to make the decision not to proceed," Henry said, "of course, many (investors) would regret the dollars that have been spent."But h...
Agriculture, Commodities, Economy, migrant workers

The flaw in the food system: Are Canadians ready for the consequences of paying farm workers more?

Article content continued"A perfect system is one where everyone in the country has full and permanent immigration status," Hussan said. "That doesn't mean they have to stay, but permanent residency is the mechanism through which you get your rights."The federal government has pledged $58.6 million toward “strengthening” the Temporary Foreign Worker program, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough's office said in a statement on Friday.The office also noted the government has since last summer allowed workers who are being mistreated to apply for an open permit, rather than an employer-specific permit, so they can apply to other jobs in Canada.A perfect system is one where everyone in the country has full and permanent immigration statusSyed Hussan"Their current employer will be investigat...