A deadly E.coli outbreak in Europe has killed several people and sickened hundreds more. While authorities found the source in cucumbers and believe it originated in Spain, they cannot yet track the source of this deadly batch of produce. Cucumbers grown in Spain are distributed throughout Europe, thereby multiplying the potential impact. The cucumbers are [...]
As a follow-up to this post, Russian is going to let their wheat export ban expire July 1, after being in place since last August. Severe drought and decreased yields lead to the ban, but 10% more acres were been planted and stockpiles in the country are rising. Russia anticipates exporting 10 million tons after [...]
I just heard anecdotally (from a manager at Boone Hall Farms in South Carolina) that the cost to run a refrigerated truck across the country from California to Charleston, South Carolina is $17,000. I am curious to find hard facts to back up this figure, but it’s an interesting starting place. Rising fuel costs will [...]
Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation is stepping up to help small farmers worldwide where governments are not. He’s invested $1.7 billion to date into small farmers’ education, better seeds, and more productive tools. The idea is to give them more food on the same land while preserving their environment. What’s more, he’s opened up [...]
Some bad news for crop yields and commodity prices: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-05/france-s-second-hottest-april-in-century-desiccates-farm-fields.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-05/food-prices-approach-record-high-as-grain-prices-fuel-inflation-worldwide.html Oil and food prices go hand-in-glove, and when coupled with decreasing crop yields we are facing what Lester Brown calls The Great Food Crisis of 2011.
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