Monday, August 10th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Pope Francis criticizes destruction of forests to plant soy bean

“It hurts me in my soul when I see deforestation to plant soy,” said the pope in an interview with two priests at a parish radio

Pope Francis criticized the destruction of forests in order to plant soy in an interview with an Argentine radio station on Saturday, reinforcing his message that the environment should take precedence over financial gain.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Dairy and vegetable oils prices help FAO's July food index reach its lowest since 2009

The July vegetable oil price index was some 5.5% below its June level. The slide was primarily caused by a fall in international palm oil prices

Prices for major food commodities in July hit their lowest average monthly level since September 2009 as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals. Meat prices, meanwhile, remained stable.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Scotland to ban growing genetically modified crops

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced. Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - 09:29 UTC

Argentine farmers at Palermo show opening: “please don't vote for 'populist adventures'”

“In a few days, democracy will be putting into the hands of all Argentines a powerful tool, a weapon loaded with future,” said Etchevehere next to Macri

Argentine farmers have taken sides decisively ahead of events leading to the presidential election in October and the primaries next weekend. At the opening of the country's major Palermo agriculture show in Buenos Aires, the head of the Argentine Rural Society Luis Etchevehere called on his fellow citizens to avoid supporting “democratically elected leaders but intoxicated with authoritarianism” and “populist adventures”.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Brazil's agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the year

“Mercosur is on the right track, countries of the region have virtually agreed on the proposals to exchange with the European Union”, said Ms Abreu

Brazil' minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

Uruguay's meat exports in almost seven months close to the billion dollars

Beef exports were equivalent to 816 million dollars and 213.189 tons, while main markets: EU, Nafta (US, Canada and Mexico), China and Israel.

Uruguay exports of meats reached 978 million dollars between January and 18 July of which 83% beef; 5,5% offal; 3% ovine; other industrialized meats 2.7% and 1.5% horse, according to the latest release from the country's Meats institute economics office, Inac.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Protesting French farmers promised €600m of emergency government help

“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM

Dramatic protests across the north of France have won the country’s farmers €600m of emergency government help. This week thousands of tractors blockaded motorways and brought cities to a standstill, as the plight of producers dominated the nation’s news.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

French president to announce emergency measures in support of farmers

“Beyond the issue of distribution and prices, I have asked that there should be an emergency plan for French livestock and dairy producers,” Hollande said

President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil emergency measures to help France’s livestock and dairy farmers on Wednesday. Tuesday’s announcement came as as livestock farmers caused chaos in the north west of France, using tractors and trucks full of manure and rubble to block roads.

Monday, July 20th 2015 - 07:37 UTC

Dairy prices forecasted to continue falling as Southern hemisphere milking season takes off

Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, has seen profits fall for nearly two years in the face of volatile prices, which sank to a 12 1/2-year low last week.

New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra is cutting jobs in an effort to shore up its cash flows as a slump in global dairy demand, particularly from number one buyer China, threatens to snuff out the country’s “white gold rush.”

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Aphids beat latest 'odor' efforts to repel them and protect GM crops

GM crops are being grown commercially since 1996. Land with GM crops has increased from 1.7m in 1996 to around 175.2m hectares worldwide in 2013.

In what is described as a major blow to genetic modification of crops, a variety of wheat developed in the UK to repel pests has failed in field trials. The variety engineered to produce an odor that repels aphids, failed in the field test after it was successfully tested in the lab, proving a wide gap between lab and commercial application of the process.


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