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The onset of winter pushing up salad vegetable prices and shortages caused by floods in Australia are being blamed for an increase an overall 7.5 per cent rise in food prices. Official figures show overall food prices rose 1.4 per cent in June, reflecting a seasonal rise in vegetable prices. Annually, food prices were up [...]

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Post image for Cuttack vendors suffer in absence of vending zones

CUTTACK: Sukant Behera owned a small vegetable shop in the Bajrakabati area. The shop was his only source of income. However, in the recent eviction drive launched by the police and district administration, his road side shop was demolished and since then he is finding it extremely difficult to make both ends meet. “A month [...]

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SIOUX CITY – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad requested a disaster declaration Wednesday for Iowa producers and farmers affected by the flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries. He made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, asking for a “Secretarial Disaster Designation” for six counties. [...]

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Post image for Your Veggies Today Ain’t Like They Were In The Old Days

Unless you eat organically grown fruits and vegetables whose prices are a rip-off, the veggies you select from the produce aisles in your grocery store lack the nutrients they carried 30 years ago. The reason is synthetic fertilizers and faster growing hybrids that growers believe produce large specimens more attractive to dimwitted buyers. A review [...]

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Post image for Bayer in $750 million settlement with rice growers

by Josh Sosland Bayer CropScience and attorneys representing U.S. long-grain rice growers have reached a settlement under which Bayer CropScience will pay up to $750 million to resolve claims related to allegations that traces of an unapproved bioengineered trait in Bayer rice had contaminated the U.S. rice crop. Bayer said the settlement program will be [...]

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Post image for Arkansas farmers see growing market in heirloom tomatoes

The dessert with a hint of zing was the highlight of an all-tomato feast on Friday in Monticello in southeastern Arkansas to promote heirloom tomatoes. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner of stuffed tomatoes, tomato flatbread, five-tomato salad, basil chicken and several tomato-based sides topped off with tomato cake. The all-tomato dinner grew out of consumer [...]

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Post image for Weather, feed and gas prices all factors as Alabama food prices climb

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Unless you’re on a steady diet of eggs and cottage cheese, your grocery bill is climbing this year. Those were among the few items identified in a monthly survey of food prices in Alabama that didn’t show a price increase over the first six months of 2011. The price of the total [...]

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Post image for Green Fields: Study finds strong farmer support for biotech seeds

Genetically engineered varieties of soybeans, cotton and corn are preferred by American farmers over their conventional and organic counterparts, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Key findings of USDA’s Economic Research Service report, Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.: – The use of GE soybeans rose to 94 [...]

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Post image for “Farmageddon”: Government thugs vs. organic farmers

Contraband sheep! Illicit yogurt! A new documentary explores the bureaucratic attack on crunchy farming Let me heal America’s political divide with an issue that can bring together enviro-lefties and free-market conservatives: In this back-to-basics era when the demand for traditionally produced food has exploded, government regulation of small farmers is often capricious and incoherent. Kristin [...]

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Post image for Food inflation hits 7.4% in Latin America and Caribbean

FAO says food inflation hits 7.4% in Latin America and Caribbean Inflation in food items in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 7.4% in May Y 2011, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. The sharp rise in the regional prices in May was attributed to an even sharper increase in food prices [...]

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Supermarket tomatoes may look delicious — smooth, red and unblemished — but for the most part, they taste like nothing at all. “I think tomatoes in grocery stores are like food porn in the purest sense of the word,” author Barry Estabrook tells Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. “They tantalize you, they [...]

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Fruits are not only good for your diet and health but they are also tasty and easy to serve. One of the benefits of modern transportation is the ease with which fresh produce can be transported from farm to store shelves thereby allowing people the opportunity to consume fresh fruit regardless of where they live. [...]

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Post image for Saudi Agriculture 2011 to be held after Ramadan

RIYADH: Saudi Agriculture 2011 has been scheduled following the holy month of Ramadan from Sept. 19 to 22 in Riyadh, a senior official at Riyadh International Exhibition Center said Saturday. It has been the leading international agriculture, water and agro-industry show in the region for 30 consecutive years. The trade show, which is accredited by [...]

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Post image for KFC, Taco Bell, and the destruction of the rain forests

YUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet, A&W and Long John Silver’s), has come under fire of late from Greenpeace and other rainforest advocacy groups for sourcing palm oil, paper and other goods from suppliers notorious for destroying tropical rainforests [...]

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Karachi—Although rice production is likely to decline by 26 percent to 5 million tons in 2010/11 as against 6.8 million tons last year, the rice export target of US $3 billion may still be achieved. Rice exports from Pakistan would be 2.6 million tons in the financial year 2010/11 as compared to 3.8 million tons [...]

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Post image for Prices soar as China goes nuts for cashews

China’s buying of raw materials may be slowing, but an appetite for healthier living among the country’s fast-growing middle class has stoked demand for nuts, sending prices of cashews and other snacks to record levels. “Chinese nut consumption is growing so fast, prices have rocketed during the last 12 months,” says Giles Hacking, managing director [...]

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