The Sprout: Global supply chain at risk of ‘collapse’: workers – iPolitics

Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where on this day of National Truth and Reconciliation we take a moment to reflect on our shared history and remember the lives lost in the Residential School systems.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the residential school system and hear the stories of survivors, click here. For a list of events happening in Ottawa to mark National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day, click here.

Here’s today’s agriculture news.

The Lead 

Workers who keep global supply chains humming along are warning of a “system collapse.” As CNN reports, seafarers, truck drivers and airline workers are nearing their breaking points.

In an open letter to to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and other industry groups warned of a “global transport system collapse” if  freedom of movement to transport workers is not restored by governments and transport workers are not prioritized to receive vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization. You can find the open letter here.

Meanwhile, supply chain woes are affecting school meal programs in the United States. As the Washington Post reports, school meal programs are running out of food and workers — challenges that are forcing the programs to pivot yet again.

Closer to home, Canadians are being encouraged to start their holiday shopping early as ongoing supply chain issues continue to affect a variety of sectors. CTV News has that story.

Around Town 

The Ontario Government and the Government of Canada are investing up to $3 million to help Ontario food, beverage and other agri-food businesses improve the productivity of their operations. You can find the full press release here.

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has issued its latest annual report. You can find the 2021 report here.

In Canada 

Canadian National Railway Co’s second biggest shareholder – the Children’s Investment Fund Inc. (TCI) – has raised concerns after one of the railway’s directors resigned. As the Globe and Mail reports, Julie Godin resigned from CN’s board of directors on Sept. 16, the day after CN learned it had lost its efforts to acquire U.S. railway Kansas City Southern. According to the Globe and Mail, CN did not issue a press release about her departure, instead CN posted a web link to a document created on Sept. 24 announcing her move.

Moving to pension fund news: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has bought Ports America, a 100-year old New Jersey company with 70 locations across 33 ports on the west, east and south coasts of the United States.

Meanwhile, Canada’s second largest pension fund — Caisse de depot — revealed new climate targets on Sept. 28, announcing it plans to exit oil production completely by the end of 2022. Reuters has that story.


Food banks in the United Kingdom are preparing for the worst as COVID-19 supports come to an end. As the Thompson Reuters Foundation reports, an extra weekly payment of 20 pounds ($27) to support the country’s poorest families will be cut next month. The move makes Britain the first to halt its COVID-19 supports.

France 24 looks at how rising food prices in Brazil are hitting the neediest the most.


The Kicker

We end today with a piece that looks at how Indigenous communities were the originators of sustainability management. As Business Insider explains, best practices like rotational farming and regenerative agriculture, stem from Indigenous culture, where sustainability has been a central operating practice for Indigenous communities for hundreds of years.

Closer to home, Glacier Farm Media has compiled a series on truth and reconciliation, including stories with agricultural ties. You can find it here.

Until tomorrow.

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