Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 155

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Farm to London. This installation is an imaginative way to bring alive the huge potential of hydrogen technology.”

– Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London, on Hyundai’s new Fuel Cell Farm which uses the emissions from its recently unveiled ix35 FCEV car as its water source to grow fish and food.

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STRAW COULD SUPPLY ENERGY TO MILLIONS OF HOUSEHOLDS

Germany moves towards a new source of renewable energy with the potential to provide 1.7 to 2.8 million households with electricity and 2.8 to 4.5 million households with heating.

Straw from agriculture could play an important role in the future energy mix for Germany. Up until now it has been underutilised as a biomass residue and waste material. These were the conclusions of a study conducted by the TLL (Thueringian regional institute for agriculture), the DBFZ (German biomass research center) and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ). According to them, from a total of 30 million tonnes of cereal straw produced annually in Germany, between…

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Vietnam Update – Oct, 2013

Economic update

Macroeconomic indicators continued to move towards the positive direction in September.

The General Statistics Office of Vietnam released GDP data during the month which showed a growth rate of 5.14% YoY for the first nine month of 2013, better than that of 4.90% for the first half of the year and 5.10% for the first nine month of last year. The Service sector was up strongly at 6.25% YoY, while Industry and Construction was up 5.20% YoY and Agriculture was up only 2.39% YoY. As this point, it looks as though the government’s official target of 5.5% for 2013 might be slightly above the market’s current expectations, although the end of the year usually sees stronger growth and contribution.

Meanwhile, HSBC released an expansion-territory Purchasing Manager Index of 51.5 for September, the highest figure since the index’s start in April 2011, driven by record rises in new business and employment as well as new orders. Accordingly, the Industrial Production Index also continued its gradual recovery with 5.4% YoY growth for the first nine month of the year, while inventory…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 154

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Recent developments in research and development show edible insects to be a promising alternative for the conventional production of meat, either for direct human consumption or for indirect use as feedstock.” 

– The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Forestry Paper 171 – Edible insects, future prospects for food and feed security.

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COCKROACH, THE OTHER WHITE MEAT

Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report, and farmers are already beginning to cash in.

Anticipating 9 billion people worldwide in 2050, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization stated that eating insects could help reduce pollution and meet the nutritional challenges of tomorrow. Over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. However, the report admitted that “consumer disgust” remains a large barrier in many Western countries.

The authors pointed out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content. They are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children”. Insects are also “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat, while insect rearing also…

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