Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 133

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Our world can’t take food production for granted. Producing food will always be subject to all the uncertainties and unpredictability of the weather. We won’t have a food-secure world if we compound the inherent risks with poor policy”

– Greg Page, Chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc. in an opinion piece published on Bloomberg news this week. Page makes the case that markets are better than government mandates at allocating food supplies and that policies should be more responsive to supply and demand.

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COFFEE OVERKILL HAS MORE MARKETERS THINKING THAT IT’S TIME FOR TEA

Specialty retailers such as Starbucks are steeped in leafy options as consumption climbs.

Americans are known for their love of coffee – whether it’s a barista brewed, single-origin specialty or a cup of ‘instant’ from the pantry, coffee is a morning tradition. However, it seems now like there is an increasing demand for tea – ready-to-drink tea has been booming for some time; during the past six years, it has grown 58% while specialty retailers like starbucks served 18% more hot tea just last year….

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 132

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

BIOLOGIST PAUL EHRLICH GIVES DIRE PREDICTION FOR GLOBAL CIVILIZATION

Paul Ehrlich, who is a professor at Stanford University, addressed a packed ballroom at the University of Vermont earlier this month. Most notably stating that:

“The first place I think that we ought to be concentrating if we’re going to solve the problem and avoid a collapse is to rework the entire agricultural system and move feeding people … up to the top of the list of what we should be doing, not how many iPad new versions we can get in the next six months.” Further commenting that… “We’re doing a crappy job of feeding people today, and yet we’re sitting in a society that with equanimity looks at adding another two and a half billion people to the seven billion people we’ve got already.”

In his career as a biologist, he spurred the growth of new fields of science and called attention to environmental problems through his work on overpopulation, evolutionary biology, and conservation.

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PIZZA FROM A PRINTER: NASA FUND 3D FOOD PRODUCTION PROJECT

NASA is funding research into 3D…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 131

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Nothing improves an economy as efficiently as agriculture. It’s been proven that of all the interventions to reduce poverty, improving agricultural productivity is the best. All the other different economic activity—yes it trickles down. But nothing as efficiently as in agriculture,

– Bill Gates, Microsoft founder to a packed conference room in the U.S. Senate office building last week.

Gates spoke at an International Agriculture and Food Security Briefing sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World, a Farm Journal Foundation Initiative, and the Senate Hunger Caucus. He added that agriculture has become one of his foundations biggest and fastest growing programs.

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SUPERWHEAT

British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could bring about a 30% boost in farm productivity.

The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain. In early trials, the resulting crop seemed bigger and stronger than the current modern wheat varieties. It will take at least five years of tests and regulatory approval before it is harvested by farmers.

Some farmers,…

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