Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 422
Posted on: April 19th, 2019

 

Quote of the week

Canada has agreed to lift tough restrictions, allowing wine exporters greater opportunity in our fourth largest wine export market.

“This is good news for our wine exporters.  With the TPP-11 eliminating all tariffs on Australian wine exports to Canada, this is a market with huge potential growth for our wine industry. The combined impact of the TPP and the resolution of this trade dispute over British Columbia measures means that Australian wine will be on more shelves with lower tariffs in a Canadian province with a population in excess of five million people.”

–        Simon Birmingham, Australian Trade Minister

Australia launched action against Canada in the WTO last year, complaining about a raft on discriminatory measures hitting Australian wine producers and breaching trade rules, including extra taxes, mark ups and selling it out of sight in liquor stores.

Source: Australian Financial Review, 10 April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Can maggots fix Singapore’s food waste problem?

Singapore is experiencing a trash crisis. Some predict the world’s second most-densely populated city will run out of room in its landfill by 2035. According to figures from the country’s National Environment Agency, while recycling rates for food waste are going up in Singapore, residents still threw away 676,800 metric tons of food in 2017. Only 16 percent of this was recycled – the rest went to the landfill.

According to a group of urban farmers and scientists in this Southeast Asian city-state, the solution may lie with Singapore’s first licensed insect farm, Insectta.

Living within the jungles of Singapore is the black soldier fly- nature’s own waste disposal unit. When its larvae are born, they voraciously eat almost any food waste left in their way. The sleek tropical insect is now being intentionally brought into the city by two entrepreneurial farmers, Darren Ho and Ng Jia Quan, who have created Insectta- an insect farm in the residential area of Queenstown. The goal of Ho, a natural resources management graduate, and Ng, a former chef, is to adopt sustainable farming practices that reduce urban waste and embrace the natural, eco-friendly food cycle long a feature of the island.

Source: US News, 28 October 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Jail for Vegan activists but farmers want more

Scott Morrison has promised to jail vegan activists who put farmers’ addresses and names online, but farming groups say further action is needed.

Activists will face up to 12 months’ jail if they are found to be inciting people to trespass on agricultural land and abattoirs by putting farmers’ personal details online. Farm invasions have been carried­ out for months, fuelle­d by militant vegan group Aussie Farms, which may be subject to a privacy investigation for publicly posting a map and personal­ details­ of more than 3000 farms and abattoirs across the country. Morrison said he would apply the “full force of the law” to Aussie Farms as radical vegan protesters were violating the homes, not just the workplaces, of farmers.

“They are being targeted in the most mercenary way by an organisa­tion that can only think of itself and not think to the real damage that is being done to the livelihoods of these hardworking Australians,” he said in Tasmania. “I can assure you, I have got their back and if we are re-elected we will put that legislation in place and they will feel the full force of my government’s laws to bring them to justice.”

Attorney-General Christian Porter said yesterday the changes would be entirely focused on those trespassing on agricultural land, but protections would be put in place for journalists and animal cruelty whistle blowers.

Source: The Australian, 11 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Chart of the week
The graph below depicts the per capita consumption of fresh avocados in the US from 2000 to 2018. In almost 20 years, the avocado consumption in America has increased almost 109%.

 

 

 

Source: Statista, 2019

 

 

 

 

Joke of the week

 

 

 

 

 

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