The Current

The Current for July 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Extreme heat battering Canada’s farmers and food supply; South Africa suffers worst unrest in decades; and episode 7 of A Death in Cryptoland
Robyn Bresnahan is this week's guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Recent extreme heat 'cooked' fruit still on the tree in B.C., as well as forcing farmers in Manitoba to sell their cattle at emergency auctions, due to failed crops and a lack of available feed. To discuss climate change and the impact on Canada's farmers and food supply, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to Kirk Kiesman, a farmer and general manager of the Ashern Auction Mart in Ashern, Man.; Lenore Newman, the Canada Research Chair in food security and environment at the University of the Fraser Valley; and Ian McCreary, a grain and livestock farmer who's active in a group called Farmers for Climate Solutions.

Plus, hundreds of people have been killed in South Africa's worst unrest in decades, after protests triggered by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma widened into rioting over inequality. We discuss the root causes of the unrest, and possible paths forward, with Xolani Dube, a political analyst at the Xubera Institute for Research and Development in Durban; and Kwandiwe Kondlo, a professor of political economy at the University of Johannesburg. 

And this summer, we're bringing you a few of the best original CBC podcasts. Today it's Episode 7 of A Death in Cryptoland, in which host Takara Small explores the cataclysmic chain of events after the young CEO of Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is reported dead.