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Success of CRISPR tomato may determine if gene-edited foods take root in Japan

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-22 Fri 08:45
2021-Jan-22 Fri 08:45
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A gene-edited tomato recently approved in Japan contains a large amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a type of amino acid, commonly known as GABA, which is a component that lowers blood pressure and relaxes the mind. The product name is “Sicilian Rouge High Gaba”. This is the first approval of…

The United States is the world's largest importer of ginger

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-21 Thu 13:30
2021-Jan-21 Thu 13:30
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The United States is the world's largest importer of ginger. Conventional ginger accounts for approximately 89% of all US ginger imports. The country's imports present a steady growth at an average annual rate of 8.3%. In 2019 the country imported 78,505 tons. The US imported 63,392 tons of ginger…

Year 2021 brings new challenges to the tomato and vegetable market

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-11 Mon 09:07
2021-Jan-11 Mon 09:07
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"With the exception of the first lockdown, 2020 was by no means an exciting year, and indeed ended rather sluggishly. On the other hand, 2021 didn't start under the best auspices. Generally speaking, the festive season did not boost the markets as much as we hoped. We have to deal with the dynamics of…

Canada and the United Kingdom reach arrangement for trade of organic food

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-10 Sun 21:35
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Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) have reached an arrangement for trade of organic food.

Ministers’ statement on joining the fight to support B.C.’s blueberry farmers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-31 Thu 05:00
2020-Dec-31 Thu 05:00
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Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, and Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, have issued the following statement in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) global safeguard investigations into the imports of blueberries.

"Spanish and French ports are an uncontrolled gateway for fruit and vegetables from third countries"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:04
2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:04
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The Coordinator of Agricultural Producer and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has submitted a formal complaint to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), claiming to have indications of the existence of an alleged fraudulent network set up to avoid the payment of customs duties on agricultural imports from…

US total fresh-market vegetable shipments and prices, 2000-20

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-18 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-18 Fri 11:15
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According to recent US total fresh-market vegetable shipments and price data, the 2020 price index stands at roughly 140 percent of 2011, with shipments coming in at about 540 million CWT. Source: ers.usda.gov

‘Organic produce in France in supermarkets not cheaper’

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-16 Wed 16:00
2020-Dec-16 Wed 16:00
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Organic fruit and vegetables sold in France are not cheaper in supermarkets compared to buying them in health food shops, a new study has found. According to Consumer association CLCV (l'Association nationale de défense des consommateurs et usagers), organic fruit and vegetables are 44% more expensive…

Bhutan: Import ban and scarce local produce cause soaring vegetable prices

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-08 Tue 13:30
2020-Dec-08 Tue 13:30
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A kilogram (kg) of potato at the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) costs Nu 80 to Nu 100 this weekend. Retailers pay Nu 4,000 for a 45-kg sack of potatoes. In the past, a sack of potato imported from India cost Nu 1,500. Wholesalers at the CFM paid Nu 3,500 to Nu 4,500 for a sack of potatoes to the farmers…

Price at origin of Spanish organic tomatoes 35% higher than the conventional

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-08 Tue 03:43
2020-Dec-08 Tue 03:43
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According to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, the prices at origin of organic tomatoes produced in the 2019/2020 campaign have exceeded those of the tomatoes produced conventionally by 34.79%. The Observatory says that tomatoes account for 37% of the volume of…

Agri-food policy reform in UK and EU may raise prices, farmers warn

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-01 Tue 14:10
2020-Dec-01 Tue 14:10
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It is hoped British agriculture will be transformed by the âbiggest farming shake-up in 50 yearsâ. But there are fears that both Britainâs move to cut farmer subsidies as it leaves the EU Common Agricultural Policy, and the EUâs reform of the CAP, could impact prices for manufacturers and end consumers.

Swedish tomato growers irate over cheaper imports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-01 Tue 13:13
2020-Dec-01 Tue 13:13
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Swedish tomato growers are struggling because of the corona crisis. Mats Olofsson of Vikentomater in southern Sweden employs 33 seasonal workers. He grows around 250 tons of tomatoes annually. He suffered significant losses this spring. Restaurants stopped buying, and he had to adjust his prices. "We…

AU: Life beyond COVID-19 for fresh produce

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-30 Mon 11:13
2020-Nov-30 Mon 11:13
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the way consumers buy fresh produce. The ‘homebody economy’ looks set to stay. Our new normal means many of us are working from home some or all of the time; we are eating more food at home and eating out less often. Nielsen Associate Director Melanie…

E-commerce is unlocking new fresh produce markets

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-26 Thu 13:20
2020-Nov-26 Thu 13:20
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Since the start of the Covid pandemic, online sales have boomed. And it’s not just online alcohol sales that spiked in lockdown; health-conscious consumers were keen for fresh produce delivered to their door, causing meat deliveries and veg boxes to soar in popularity. Data gathered by The Food…

📗 Chapter 1: Globalization 4.0 of The Future of Global Produce Consumer

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 15:11
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Chapter 1: Globalization 4.0 of The Future of Global Produce Consumer report is now available! Topics in the 5-part series include the impact of water scarcity, precision nutrition, produce’s role in healthy lifestyles and the rise of intelligence systems.pma.com/content/articl… pic.twitter.com/7Q6rhnn7R

Singapore firms fined for illegal food imports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:23
2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:23
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Four Singapore companies have been fined in the past month, being accused of illegally importing food products. All of the firms had penalties set in court. In October, CCL Impex Pte Ltd. was fined S$3,600 (US$2,700) for illegally importing fresh fruits, vegetables and processed food for sale. In…

"Price differences can make falsification of geographical origin profitable"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-05 Thu 10:07
2020-Nov-05 Thu 10:07
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A few weeks ago there was a million-dollar fraud case in the Austrian fruit trade: 460 tons of apples of Czech origin were offered on the market as Austrian goods. Imprint LLC, based in Neutal in Burgenland, has been fighting this type of fraud for many years. Managing Director Bernd Bodiselitsch…

📄 UK food system mapped and quantified in new report

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:51
2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:51
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500Foods shared this story from HD.com. The expansive UK food system has been mapped and quantified in a new report that reveals both the value of the agri-food sector and the multiple challenges it faces. Mapping the UK Food System – A Report for the UKRI Transforming UK Food Systems Programme is the inaugural report published by the £47.5M…

CANAPEP demands all pineapple containers are scanned before they're exported

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:25
2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:25
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The National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP) has requested that the authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Public Security scan 100% of the containers loaded with fresh and industrial pineapple that the country exports, regardless of the destination port, to prevent these…

Ranking list shows global pineapple production from 1961-2017

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 16:42
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In 2017, 27,4 million tons of pineapples were produced worldwide. Costa Rica was the largest producer, with more than three million tons. The Philippines, Brazil, and Thailand follow it. In the 20th century, Hawaïi was a dominant pineapple producer, mainly for the US. In 2017, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the…

Past and future of the banana industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:11
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It is green, yellow, white and brown, it grows on trees, it looks like a boomerang, it has been with us for thousands of years and you can find it all over the planet and in many forms. What is it? Right, the banana. 

Over the past few decades, the banana trade has experienced an important rise thanks to the improvements made in shipping and ripening. Freshly harvested, unripened perishable products are loaded into the container and cooled to a holding temperature in a range of from about 14 to 21 degrees Celsius.

Use of very low oxygen concentrations and minimal ethylene concentrations can produce a fruit whose pulp is riper than indicated by the color of its peel. In other words, they ripen during transportation to the place where they will be sold.

80% of the world's orange production is used to make juices and extracts

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:14
2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:14
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Orange-based drinks are among the most popular around the world. In fact, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly 80% of the oranges produced in the world are used to make juices and extracts. The main producing countries are Brazil (which…

'I used to sell millions of heads of lettuce a year. Not anymore'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:13
2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:13
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According to Henk van Doorne, lettuce sales are mediocre. He's from Van Doorne Imex in the Netherlands. "There's not even a large supply. But, there's also little demand. The Middle East still wants some lettuce. But sales in [the Netherlands] neighboring countries is dead. I attribute this largely to…

How a Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China to Canada

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:43
2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:43
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In January 2017, Chilean Customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower: The country’s prized crop of raspberries was under threat. Inspectors raided the offices of Frutti di Bosco, a little-known fruit trading company on the second floor of a tower block in downtown Santiago. The files, company…

B.C. blueberry farmers brace for impact as U.S. sets sights on berry and produce tariffs

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
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After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House is setting its sights on foreign berry farmers and vegetable growers.

Demand for processed tomatoes exceeds supply

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-01 Thu 10:48
2020-Oct-01 Thu 10:48
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The future of the tomato industry after the pandemic will be characterized by a change in the price of the finished products. The current sales campaign is coming to an end, and industrial costs are higher also due to the lower yields. The real problem will be meeting the demand from the retail channel,…

An in-depth look at the Alberta greenhouse industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:41
2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:41
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The latest Profile of the Greenhouse Industry in Alberta provides current benchmark data on greenhouse crop operations. "This report is of significance to greenhouse growers, researchers and agricultural financial institutions that rely on this information for business decisions," explains Emmanuel Anum…

Canadians welcome pineapples from newer countries of origin

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:17
2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:17
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Canadians are increasingly interested in pineapples coming from new countries of origin, including Colombia and Ecuador. “Our supplies are steady right now. We’ve probably tripled our volume over last year,” says Vaughn Smith of Global Citrus Group in Brantford, ON. He notes that Global Citrus has been…

Border Inspections: First Line of Defense to Protect Agriculture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:57
2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:57
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Now’s not the time to let our guard down when it comes to protecting our U.S. borders, urged National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president A.V. Roth. Unfortunately, an estimated $630-million shortfall in Agriculture Quarantine Inspections (AQI) funding through the end of fiscal year 2021 has the pork industry very concerned about future funding for agricultural inspections at U.S ports of entry.

“Pork producers are already facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the COVID-19 human health pandemic. An outbreak of ASF or other foreign animal diseases in the U.S. would be a devastating blow to hog farmers already teetering on the edge,” Roth said during a media teleconference on Thursday.

'We call on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:05
2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:05
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The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) of the IPPC ePhyto Solution calls on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade, which would be crucial in safeguarding global food security beyond the Covid-19 recovery period.  Global trading operations of plant products…