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Insight: U.S. barnyards help China super-size food production | Reuters

Fri, 2012-04-20 05:39
In a country where pork is a culinary staple, the demand for a protein-rich diet is growing faster than Chinese farmers can keep up. While Americans cut back on meat consumption to the lowest levels seen in two decades, the Chinese now eat nearly 10 percent more meat than they did five years ago. China's solution: to super-size its supply by snapping up millions of live animals raised by U.S. farmers as breeding stock - capitalizing on decades of cutting edge agricultural research in America.

China and the death of Latin America

Sat, 2012-04-14 07:21
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — More than 40 years ago, I first read Eduardo Galeano’s classic, “Open Veins of Latin America.” Yes, it’s the same book that snarky Hugo Chavez presented to President Barack Obama in 2009. The first sentences of Galeanos’s book remain as starkly comprehensive, and controversial, as ever: “The division of labor among nations is that some specialize in winning and others in losing. Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious. It has specialized in losing ever since those remote times when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throats of the Indian civilizations.”

Food inflation back on agenda as prices rise | Reuters

Thu, 2012-04-05 06:52
Global food prices rose in March for a third successive month, driven by gains in grains and vegetable oils, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday, putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda.

Can Omega–3 Fatty Acids Modulate the Immune Response of Pigs?

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:41
Pork producers should include plant–based omega–3 fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed, into the diets of lactating sows or newly weaned piglets but ensure that the ratio does not go below 5:1 omega–6:omega–3, according to L. Eastwood and A.D. Beaulieu from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs in May

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:39
The Organizing Committee of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs invites all to Keystone, Colorado, USA on from 29 May to 1 June 2012 for the 12th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs. This event has grown to become the premiere event where discussions focus specifically on various aspects of digestive physiology. The organisers expect to attract more than 300 attendees from Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Beef processor files for bankruptcy over 'pink slime' uproar | Reuters

Mon, 2012-04-02 10:39
Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and said it plans to sell some or all of its assets, citing the impact of media coverage related to a meat filler critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Geissler’s Adopts OnVu Meat Labeling

Mon, 2012-04-02 05:50
Geissler’s Supermarkets will be the first U.S. grocery retailer to feature the OnVu Intelligent indicator on meat product labels. OnVu uses state-of-the-art technology to enable shoppers to tell at a glance that meat has been kept at safe temperatures after purchase. The United States is the latest country to adopt the innovative technology, which debuted in 2009 in Switzerland.

Governors Urge Consumers to Rethink 'Pink Slime'

Thu, 2012-03-29 12:49
The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists. Three governors and two lieutenant governors plan to tour Beef Products's plant in South Sioux City, Neb., Thursday afternoon to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

No More Coal-Fired Generators?

Thu, 2012-03-29 12:39
In general, a bullet to the coal industry provides a shot in the arm for natural gas. That the latest proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency haven't done so is telling. The EPA wants to limit carbon emissions from new power plants to a level that, in practical terms, could only be met by efficient gas-fired turbines. This is supportive of gas taking market share from its lumpy rival.

Insight: Seeds of trouble sown at Diamond Foods years ago

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:55
The accounting scandal at snack maker Diamond Foods in recent months may have shocked shareholders and some California walnut farmers. But a number of accounting and industry experts spotted red flags some time before. A close examination of business practices at Diamond Foods, the nation's largest walnut processor and maker of Emerald nuts, points up a number of warning signs, including unusual timing of payments to growers, a leap in profit margins, and volatile inventories and cash flows.

Chinese banquet is nearing the end - Outside the Box - MarketWatch

Thu, 2012-03-15 09:29
Like the rest of the world, China’s recovery from the global financial crisis was the result of “Botox economics.” Taking advantage of a centrally controlled, command economy, Beijing boosted output through government spending and directed bank lending to maintain growth.

Animal import bans put UK drug research at risk | Reuters

Wed, 2012-03-14 08:29
Vital medical research is under threat in Britain because ferry companies and airlines are bowing to pressure from animal rights activists and refusing to carry animals destined for laboratory testing, scientists and drugmakers said on Wednesday. Researchers said all ferry companies operating routes into Britain had now banned the import of mice, rats and other animals, which are used in research labs to explore the potential of experimental new drugs.

China to add to squeeze on world corn supply

Fri, 2012-03-09 11:04
Beijing and the influential U.S. agriculture department may have overstated China's corn crop by as much as 14 percent, pointing to higher imports from the world's second-largest consumer of the grain that could squeeze already tightening global supplies. If China plugs the gap between projected and actual domestic supply with additional corn imports, it would drive up international prices already near four-month highs. Wheat markets could feel the impact too if Beijing snaps up the grain as a substitute to corn for animal feed.

Corn Used More for Ethanol than Feed in US

Mon, 2012-03-05 07:29
US - For the first time in US history, ethanol refiners are consuming more of the US corn crop than livestock producers and this trend is set to continue to at least 2014 as government mandates and exports boost fuel demand, writes Gerard Brickley, Director of Meat at Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Corn use for ethanol has risen almost fourfold from 1.32 billion bushels in 2005 to 5.02 billion in 2011, exceeding 40 per cent of the total harvest last year. Feed, which previously accounted for the biggest share of the crop, fell by almost 22 per cent during the period to 4.79 billion bushels as livestock and poultry farmers in the US turned to alternative feeds, including dried distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct.

USB Study: Regulations to Push Up Food Prices

Sat, 2012-03-03 20:20
If you apply Newton's third law, the equal and opposite reaction to potential increased regulations on the U.S. poultry and livestock sectors may be anything but pleasant for consumers who are already facing increased food costs associated with higher input costs.

Corn Imports by China Seen Increasing Sevenfold on Demand - Businessweek

Fri, 2012-02-24 13:49
Corn imports by China, the world’s second-largest consumer, may surge sevenfold to a record 28 million metric tons by 2015-2016 as local production fails to keep pace with increased demand, according to INTL FCStone Inc. Imports may gain from 4 million tons in 2011-2012 and reach 13 million tons by 2012-2013, Mike O’Dea, senior risk manager, told a conference in Singapore. The local harvest may reach 187 million tons next year, 6.5 percent less than projected demand, according to a presentation from O’Dea.

LightSquared Roundup: Looking to Lawyers

Thu, 2012-02-23 14:04
The FCC announced earlier this week that permission to build the network would be denied. Other investors have also sought legal advice on possible litigation. The primary objective of any lawsuit would likely be to force a technical fix to the GPS interference, either by allowing LightSquared to swap its wireless airwave license for a different bandwidth or by forcing GPS operators to use filters to block LightSquared's signals.

Panel established to review animal activists’ videos News

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:15
The pork production sector has seen a rash of pressure from animal activists in recent weeks, the latest being an undercover video at an Iowa hog farm. Those working daily with farm animals have different experiences and expertise in animal care and can sort through the credibility of what the videos show. To the public, however, the hidden camera investigations can raise many questions and the perspectives they hear are too often one-sided.

"Agent Orange" Corn: Biotech Only Winner in Chemical Arms Race as Herbicide Resistant Crops Fail

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:08
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.

Exploding hog barns beckon U researchers

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:06
A few years ago, hog farmers throughout the Midwest noticed foam building on top of their manure pits. Soon after, barns began exploding, killing thousands of hogs while farmers lost millions of dollars. A team of University of Minnesota researchers is looking to find a fix for the foam that is plaguing hog farms. The foam traps gases like methane and when a spark ignites it causes an explosion. About a half dozen barns in the Midwest have exploded since the foam was discovered in 2009.