Wednesday, May 12th 2010 - 07:03 UTC

Paraguay Forecasts Record Exports of Meat in 2010

The average price per ton of beef was 3.760 US dollars

Paraguayan meat sales increased 47% in value during the first four months of 2010 compared to the same period a year ago, totalling 295 million US dollars (USD), according to the country’s Food Quality and Animal Health Service, Senacasa.

Tuesday, May 11th 2010 - 21:52 UTC

Brazilian Rice Farmers Lobbying for Higher Mercosur Common External Tariff

Rice is one of the main crops of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul

Mercosur rice planters will be meeting to decide a Brazilian proposal to increase the common external tariff thus preventing the introduction of rice from third countries, precisely this year when Brazil’s crop is expected to be below average.

Tuesday, May 11th 2010 - 16:29 UTC

EU “Grumpy” Seven Led by France Against Trade Talks with Mercosur

Fears about consequences to the EU livestock industry

France and six other countries expressed concern before the European Union about the competition consequences for the farm sector in the event of an agreement with Mercosur.

Saturday, May 8th 2010 - 06:22 UTC

Brazilian Farmers Prospect for Phosphates to Cap Fertilizer Suppliers’ Dependence

Matto Grosso soybean and cotton producers looking for better cost options

Farmers in Brazil have teamed up to drill an area the size of New York for phosphate-based fertilizers, seeking to cut dependency on producers including Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE) and Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS) after prices surged.

Saturday, May 8th 2010 - 06:01 UTC

Cuban Sugar Crop Worst in a Century; Brazilian Investors Could Take over Industry

President Raul Castro sacked minister Avila and no longer will “mask” officials

The current sugar harvest is Cuba’s worst since 1905, according to Communist Party daily Granma. The news comes two days after President Raúl Castro fired the minister responsible for the area amid increasing rumours that foreign investors will be invited to take over the industry.

Thursday, May 6th 2010 - 19:34 UTC

France Warns EC on Possible Resumption of Negotiations with Mercosur

Strong statement from French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire

After the European Commission proposed the resumption of negotiations with Mercosur, France released a warning message to the European Commission and assured that—if the talks are reactivated—both French and European agriculture would be in danger of a potential damage.

Wednesday, May 5th 2010 - 23:03 UTC

European Farmers up in Arms Against Resumption of EU/Mercosur Talks

Farmers with their tractors protest in the heart of Paris

France’s main farmers’ organization, FNSEA, called Wednesday on President Nicolas Sarkozy to pressure upon the European Community to impede the re-launching of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Mercosur

Wednesday, May 5th 2010 - 05:58 UTC

Chile Moves to Regulate and Permit Cultivation of GM Crops

Chilean Agriculture Ministry José Antonio Galilea

Chilean Agriculture Ministry José Antonio Galilea announced this week plans to introduce legislation to regulate and permit the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Chile.

Monday, May 3rd 2010 - 01:51 UTC

FAO Urges Heightened International Surveillance Against Foot and Mouth Disease

Japan and South Korea have been forced to destroy several thousand animals

FAO urged heightened international surveillance against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) following three recent incursions in Japan and South Korea.

Saturday, May 1st 2010 - 03:50 UTC

Lab Production of Green Hamburgers is “No Longer Science Fiction”

Jason Matheny from New Harvest, one of the sponsors of the new technology

The lab production of meat without the need of slaughtering animals is no longer science fiction and could be producing “green” hamburgers in less than ten years according to the list of Time Magazine fifty main inventions of the year.


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