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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

More downside risk than upside potential for corn prices?

In the week after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) November 8, 2013 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, corn prices initially rose, only to begin a week-long decline. The immediate response can be attributed to U.S. corn production numbers that were slightly below trade estimates while the utilization numbers were above […] Read more


The meat industry needs to show it has nothing to hide

Over a century ago, a journalist obtained employment in the meat-packing industry in Chicago intending to draw attention to the deplorable working conditions. When Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle was finally published, the public reacted not to the conditions endured by the workers, but to diseased cattle and the lack of sanitation in an industry […] Read more

There are ways to feed another two billion people by 2050

False dichotomy The choice is not either full-blown modern technology or subsistence organic

Recently we were asked to take part in a symposium at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting titled: “Feeding future generations: Expanding a global science to answer a global challenge.” The focus of that challenge was to identify ways to feed nine billion people in 2050. We preface this synopsis by noting that it […] 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



Battling world hunger by increasing global production?

“The data from the last 30 years suggests that while we need to continue to increase agricultural productivity, we have been producing enough calories to meet the needs of the world.” At the time of the World Food Conference in 1974, over 800 million people out of a world population of 4.2 billion people were […] Read more

Increased Production And Exports Don’t Solve Hunger

Beginning with the 1972 crop, increasing exports began to create the expectation of an era of export-led prosperity for U. S. farmers. They began to believe that they had a responsibility to increase production and exports so that the hungry of the world could be fed. At the time of the World Food Conference in […] Read more