Donna Hurlburt, aboriginal advisor at Acadia University, Mi’kmaq ecologist and conservation biologist Kate Sherren, associate professor and academic programs co-ordinator of the Dalhousie School for Resource and Environmental Studies Graham Forbes, professor at the University of New Brunswick and the director of the New Brunswick Cooperatives Research Unit and the Sir James Dunn Wildlife Research Centre Peter Oram, senior environmental specialist at the technical consulting and management services provider GHD Four experts who will help craft new legislation and recommend new actions to promote biodiversity in Nova Scotia have been chosen for the new Biodiversity Council. Today, May 22, is the International Day for Biological Diversity. The members are: The experts begin their work immediately and are appointed for two-year terms. A new Biodiversity Act will enable Nova Scotia to improve the conservation and sustainable use of wild species and ecosystems in flexible and adaptive ways, address legislative gaps and manage emerging risks. Creating a new Biodiversity Council is included in the 2017 mandate letter of the Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A global chickpea shortage has caused the price of a tub of hummus to soar by almost 30 per cent, according to experts.The Grocer found that the price of the average tub of hummus rose over a year from £1.14 in January 2017 to £1.47.This is a price increase of 33p, which is 29 per cent.Some hummus manufacturers have blamed supermarkets for the price rise.The price of a 250g tub of Me Too! hummus has gone up by 12p, and 19p for a 500g pot.Brand founder Ramon Hazan explained: “We have a quality product which we believe is worth paying more for. However, we do need to strike a balance which ensures we are competitively priced and makes us accessible to as many consumers as possible.”We would not want to lose customers as a result of retail price inflation.” Tasneem Backhouse, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, told The Grocer: “‘Chickpea prices increased during 2017 and remain high.”Demand is strong from every market and currently there isn’t enough supply to go around. This is driven by poor crops in some of the main producing origin nations over the past 12 months.”This comes after last year’s UK hummus crisis, in which a factory default resulted in “fizzy, metallic-tasting” spread which had to be pulled from shelves. this is why i love living where i do.. it’s all kicking off at a hummus shortage!! @Morrisons they are coming for you!! 64 comments .. 🤔😂 pic.twitter.com/UFkBo9huOP— Nicola (@nicciped) January 8, 2018