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China fattens pig farms to tame pork prices

The Jiahua pig farm in eastern Zhejiang province is on the frontline of China's battle with food inflation, a prime example of how a shift in farming practices may someday stabilize the price of the nation's favorite meat - and soothe a perennial headache for Beijing. FULL STORY »

New report’s world ag outlook is bleak

Highlights from a new report indicate that the world is about five years into a chronic global food crisis that is not expected to abate for many decades. FULL STORY »

Food Security Index shows huge disparity between nations

Imagine if it took 70 percent of your disposable income to put food on your family’s table, leaving just 30 percent for all other expenses. It is hard for us to imagine, but that’s the reality for the average person in Congo, Cambodia or Nepal, according to the Food Security Index, a major report sponsored by DuPont that ranks food affordability, availability, and quality across 105 countries. FULL STORY »

FAO to improve livestock’s environmental impact measures

A new United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led partnership is looking to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed, a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector. FULL STORY »

International commission sets ractopamine standards

At its annual meeting being held July 2-7 in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote food safety and fair practices in trade, adopted science-based standards for ractopamine. Specifically, on Thursday the commission adopted Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. FULL STORY »

FAO and OIE outline global FMD-free strategy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced an initiative to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale. The two groups outlined a detailed strategy to bring it under control and work toward a global FMD-free objective. FULL STORY »

Future of swine production leads IPVS meeting

The 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju, South Korea, revealed the latest program of activities aimed at transforming livestock production. FULL STORY »

No decision on new Trans-Pacific pact members

The United States and eight other countries negotiating a free trade pact in the Asia Pacific region remain undecided on a nearly seven-month-old bid by Japan, Canada and Mexico to join the talks, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Look at Chinese investment in Australian ag

Those involved in Australian agriculture and foreign trade are looking at Chinese investment to develop farming operations in the northern portion of Australia. FULL STORY »

Solid but flat pork exports projected for 2012

U.S. pork exports will have a challenge to exceed the tremendous gains made last year, but it is expected that they will hold their ground. “We are encouraged by the first few months of the year,” Phillip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (MEF), told Pork Network. While he anticipates the final trend line may be flat, “it would still be our second best year on record.” FULL STORY »

Alltech Announces Young Scientist Winners

Solving the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soil and developing more nutritious food for young children were the two winning topics in this year’s Alltech Young Scientist Program, announced at Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium. FULL STORY »

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