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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 »

Commentary: EU too influential over Central America ag

The European Union is tightening its business connections with Central American countries, and that presumably means agricultural exports to Europe is part of that tightening. I’m afraid this means European countries are achieving more power over how crops are grown by Central American producers. 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 »

Commentary: A bellwether for U.S. animal agriculture

By sheer size alone, American and European agriculture are dramatically different. Yet, when it comes to consumer trends and activists' actions, time and again we’ve watched developments cross the pond and reach our shores. 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 »

Russia to allow GMOs in order to enter WTO

As Russia aims to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is sweetening the deal by offering to drop its restrictions on genetically modified crops for food and feed. FULL STORY »

EU plans to let traces of unapproved GMOs in food

Tiny amounts of unapproved genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be permitted in food imports to the European Union under draft rules due to be proposed shortly by the bloc's executive. FULL STORY »

Europe slowing down GM crop trials

Three new reports out of Europe demonstrate the EU is slowind down its approval process and field trials for genetically modified crops. 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 »

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