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A new era of watchful food consumers

Consumers don’t just want to know more about how their food 
is produced — some want a very detailed report card

Last month, McDonald’s USA announced a “multi-faceted effort called ‘Our Food. Your Questions’” in which it invites people to submit their food questions via social media. “We’re proud of the food we serve our 27 million U.S. customers every day, yet we know people have unanswered questions,” said Kevin Newell, executive vice-president, chief brand and […] Read more

‘It was only the ethanol mandate and the subsequent demand for five billion bushels of corn for ethanol production that lifted corn prices out of the doldrums.’

U.S. local corn prices dip below $2 in some areas

A review of ending stocks in the past does not give much hope for a turnaround

Even before the current U.S. Farm Bill was adopted, we shared our concern that a $4-plus plateau in corn prices, which was being widely predicted, was in all likelihood no plateau at all. A year ago many were predicting corn would average $4.50 a bushel, partly because of ethanol demand and partly because production costs […] Read more

Expert lays out five steps for feeding nine billion

Expert says farmers need to get more out of the resources they have, and waste of all sorts needs to be slashed

The challenge of feeding an expected world population of more than nine billion in 2050 — at least two billion more than today — has attracted considerable attention, resulting in a wide range of responses. A year and a half ago, the expectation was that the world’s agricultural production would have to increase by 70 […] Read more

Pink slime: An object lesson for the meat industry?

Labelling The beef industry is not doing itself any favours by claiming “beef is beef”

With a long-term decline in per capita consumption — 94 pounds per capita in 1976 to 60 pounds per capita in 2009 — the last thing that U.S. cattle producers need is the current controversy over “pink slime.” And with the controversy in full swing, they certainly don’t need industry and political leaders fighting the […] Read more