South America

Argentina seeks new biotech seed law

In a move designed to encourage Monsanto to sell its second generation transgenic soybean seed in the country, Argentina is developing a new seed law that would protect intellectual property rights for agricultural biotechnology. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The pork industry in Argentina

While Argentina is not thought of as a large pork production nation, it has an industry that is growing. The government is putting money into the industry because they view pork production as a value-added industry for their corn and soybean producers. 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 »

Many positives for Argentina ethanol production

At a time when there are complaints about corn being used for ethanol production and the price of corn as a feedstock is making ethanol production unprofitable, there is economic-based discussion about Argentina jumping into corn ethanol production at a high level. 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 »

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 »

JBS fights back

According to news reports, Brazil-based beef packer JBS SA has obtained an injunction requiring Greenpeace to remove its “JBS Scorecard” report from its website and to cease from publicizing the report. Greenpeace has used the report to pressure several major retailers to cancel orders from JBS. FULL STORY »

Argentine farmers to end strike, warn of more protests

Argentine farmers said they would allow a one-week freeze on grains sales to end as planned on Tuesday, but threatened to stage more anti-government protests against taxes and export curbs. FULL STORY »

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