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Here is the latest agricultural news.
An offer from the Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard to take over the French retailer Carrefour raises the eyebrows in the French government. As reported by Reuters, France’s finance minister said Thursday that any takeover of the French retailer by a foreign company would be “a major difficulty”, citing the need to protect food security and sovereignty. French officials also said the nearly $ 20 million takeover bid also raises job security concerns.
“Buying Carrefour from a foreign company would be a major challenge for all of us,” said Bruno Le Maire in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. “Food security is at the heart of the strategic challenges facing all developed nations.”
Around the city
Make a note of your calendar: This year’s virtual Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference begins on Monday. The full schedule is Here.
The National Capital Commission says the Rideau Canal Skateway, which will remain closed due to thin ice, will open this year without its traditional food and drink stands.
The House of Commons is taking a winter break until January 25th.
Lethbridge City Council is the newest urgent community a cap on food delivery charges Third-party apps like SkipTheDishes and Uber Eats can recharge local restaurants. The Lethbridge Herald reported that city councils voted 7-1 to ask the Alberta government to limit fees to 15 percent.
Lakeland College in Alberta has Canada’s First degree in agricultural engineering. As Real Agriculture reports, the two-year post-qualification program will be offered this fall and is designed to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and agricultural management and production systems.
Inside Ottawa Valley interviews local seed breeder Jennifer Doelman about the challenges The farmer in Renfrew, Ontario was at the height of the pandemic last year.
The US Chamber of Commerce says it expects a delegation of senior Chinese officials Meet with the government of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington at the beginning of his term. As reported by Reuters, the group of companies told reporters that such a visit could help improve bilateral ties between the two superpowers while also enabling a broader trade deal.
Germany wants to kill 37,000 chickens after bird flu was discovered on a farm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Several outbreaks have been reported in Germany and other parts of Europe in the past few weeks. Officials suspect that wild birds are spreading the virus from farm to farm. Reuters has more.
In other avian flu news, the Philippines imposed a temporary ban on domestic and wild birds and their products from France, South Korea and the Netherlands to stop the spread of the virulent H5N8 avian flu virus around the world. Reuters has that story too.
There is public outcry in the UK for this Food packaging imagess for poorer children showed small portions. As reported by BBC News, the country’s education minister said that starting next week, instead of parcels, students will receive grocery vouchers that can be redeemed at the supermarket. Chartwells, the company that supplied the packages, has also apologized.
Meanwhile, grocery stores in Northern Ireland are calling for “urgent action” from government officials to deal with the delivery delays and food shortages caused by Brexit. As reported by the Associated Press, delays of up to 12 hours have been reported in the ports of Belfast and Larne while The supermarket shelves across Northern Ireland are empty.
And Bloomberg reports that Coca-Cola Co. has a long history of working with the Pro-Sugar Food Organization, the International Life Sciences Institute.
We end today with a story about a calico cat named Patches, who was found alive three years after her alleged death in a fatal mudslide in 2018. NBC News offers more.
See you tomorrow.
This story was copied after it was published at 5:18 pm