Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 81

Quote of the Week:

“Nobody picks up Parmesan cheese in a green can and says, ‘Ah! A fine Italian product. could represent hundreds of millions of dollars”

Sarah F. Thorn of the Grocery Manufacturers of America on the importance of geographical indication for food products to the TIME magazine in 2003. Parmesan cheese is said to have originated in the Italian city of Parma 700 years ago. Cows are bred on s strict natural diet, to their milk is added nothing but rennet, to curdle it, and salt. Once moulded by hand into huge 38-kg wheels, the cheese is left to mature for at least a year.

“Parmesan” is also the name the giant U.S. food company Kraft gives to the 60 million pounds of grated cheese it sells in green cans each year, mainly in America. It won’t say how its Parmesan is made, but it doesn’t pretend the industrial product has anything to do with Parma or its time-honoured, costly traditions, TIME magazine noted in 2003.

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 80

Quote of the week:

“I have a dream to provide every Chinese, especially children, sufficient milk each day.”

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on plans to make sure everyone gets one jin, or half a kilogram, of milk, which is a fair amount for a nation usually characterised as lactose intolerant. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, China’s consumption of milk has gone from 26 kilocalories per person per day in 2002 to 43 in 2005. Westerners consume many times more, but their demand is stable.

Modern Dairy, the country’s largest milk producer, which benefits from government subsidies and tax incentives, recently received critical funding worth $150 million from U.S. private-equity firm KKR along with several other investors, according to the Wall Street Journal.

1)   Not Made in China

China’s underdeveloped, underinvested dairy sector has become a centrepiece for global dairy trade and agricultural investment amid rising local demand

As many as 100,000 dairy cows from Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand will take a voyage several nautical miles to go to China by the end of…

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