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Peru: Exports to Nordic countries could grow by 7%
According to the director of Development of International Markets at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Jose Eyzaguirre, Peruvian exports to the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway) could grow by 7% in 2017.Eyzaguirres added that, during 2016, the country had developed.....


Looting of fields, greenhouses, and warehouses
Price increase leads to a spike in thefts in Western Almeria
The arrival of the cold and the increase in prices of some products has led to a continuous increase in the number of thefts over time that is causing great concern among Almerian farmers, mainly those located in the western region of Alemeria, as they have been the most affected by this issue.Tonight,.....

Chile: Asoex partners get discounts on United Airlines
The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (Asoex) signed an agreement with United Airlines that will allow members of the organization to obtain up to 15% discounts on tickets to all destinations via United Airlines or United Express.The agreement was signed last week by Ronald Bown, President of Asoex,.....

Avocado shipments
Mexico to open trade offices in Dubai and Russia
Mexico is seeking to replicate the success its avocado had at the Super Bowl by selling thousands of tons of avocados at the football World Cup, to be held in Russia 2018. Meanwhile, the country faces an uncertain trade outlook with the United States, if president-elect Donald Trump carries out his threats.....

Argentina destroys 5.6 tons of citrus and tropical fruits
The National Health and Food Quality Service (Senasa), in a joint work with the highway police from the province of Entre Rios, seized and destroyed 5.6 tons of citrus and tropical fruits that were being transported, without complying with health conditions, and that lacked adequate documentation to vouch.....

European fresh produce sector accelerates deployment and efficiency with labeling guidelines
In September 2012, the European Fruit & Vegetable Working Group was founded during the global working session Fresh Produce Standards. This group, called GS1 in Europe-Fruit & Vegetables GS1 Standards Deployment in Europe, was founded to guarantee a harmonised implementation of the GS1 system in the.....

Paraguay: Farmers call for a national plan
Representatives of the fruit and vegetable sector have stated that the country needs a national plan to strengthen certain areas in order to export and to exploit the great potential and opportunities there are at the international level. They highlighted the important demand there is for pineapple,.....

Ecuador's accession was approved
Ecuador/EU agreement will protect European bananas
On Tuesday, the European Parliament endorsed the accession of Ecuador to the free trade agreement that its neighbors, Peru and Colombia, have had with the community bloc for several years. The agreement will include a protection mechanism for European banana producers, if imports of this fruit exceed a.....

Florida: Delray's sea grapes to be trimmed
Delray's iconic coastline in Florida is covered in lush sea grapes, but some think they are getting out of hand. The conservation efforts in the past, to protect the beach from wind and tidal erosion, encouraged the overgrowth of the grapes. Now some of the canopies covering the coastline measure up to 3.....

Agreement between Ecuador and EU to be ratified before year end
On Monday, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador ruled that the Andean country and the European Union could ratify their trade agreement before the end of 2016, as this does not violate the rights established in the Ecuadorian Constitution. According to the Minister of Foreign Trade, Juan Carlos Cassinelli,.....

UK: Dogs gone vegan
Paula Lawes, a vegan dog owner from the UK, decided months ago to try to switch her dogs to an all vegan diet. Her two dogs were four years old at the time of the switch and she decided it was best to ease them into the diet."When I first became vegan I was still feeding the dogs raw meat. They used to eat.....

Conserves over 20% of water usage on apple orchards
Spain: High tech irrigation system a success
The fruit cooperatives of Girona have been adapting to climate change for several years. The reduction of water resources and the rising temperatures have forced the agricultural sector to react to these changes that are directly affecting their activity. One of the sector's adaptations has been to implement.....

EU-backed food labels could remain protected
Post Brexit, EU-backed labels could go one of two ways. If Europe refuses to work with the UK, all of the UK registered labeled foods could lose their protection, leaving them open to imitation. The other option is that both the EU and the UK work together to keep the protections and take them forward. A new.....

New biosecurity app to help growers
A new app called FarmBiosecurity, from Plant Health Australia, brings biosecurity into the smartphone age. The new app enables farmers of both crops and livestock to create their own personalized biosecurity plan that meets their farm's needs. Plant Health Australia's national horticulture manager, Alison.....

Chile: Fruit exporters are worried about the rain
The President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (Asoex), Ronald Bown, said the industry was evaluating the situation in the production areas that were affected by yesterday's rainfall, which lasted until this morning, mainly in the regions of Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitana, and.....

Apple adds new food emojis
Food lovers rejoice, Apple has released a food themed emoji pack in their new iOS 10.2 update. These days people seem to use more emojis than words so it is about time that we can share our favorite foods using them. The update brings some food favorites, including avocado, kiwi fruit, salad, bacon, paella.....

Chile approves project to export freeze-dried food to China
The Productive Development Committee of the Bío Bío Region approved resources to co-finance a project to export freeze-dried food, such as fruits, vegetables, and seafood, from Chillan to China.The project will be implemented by the Department of Food Engineering of the University of Bío Bío (UBB) in.....

Argentina: Drastic drop in Rio Negro's fruit production
Small and medium sized producers from the valley of Rio Negro are concerned about the harvest and about how much good fruit there will be. There is uncertainty, but producers are sure that the frost, the hail, and the health problems will cause a drastic drop in production."We do not know how much the.....


The snowball of debt.
This map shows how much each citizen would have to pay to completely remove their country's debt. The closer to the center a country is, the higher the cost per head.Click here to see a larger version of the map.


US: 95% of people growing fruit & veg in Los Angeles are Latinos
Abraham Soria's workday begins when most people are going to bed. He gets dressed at midnight and leaves for the Los Angeles' wholesale market. At 1 o'clock in the morning he is sitting on his forklift, downloading fruits and vegetables from trucks."The product has to get to the restaurants and supermarkets.....

Southern Florida: The driest November on record
Southern Florida is enduring the driest November ever recorded for the state. Its' called the dry season there but residents think this is going too far. Much of the region saw virtually no rainfall last month, leading to the driest November from Orlando to the Florida Keys since record-keeping began.....

Belarus expecting foreign trade deficit in 2016
Belarus may experience a foreign trade deficit by the end of 2016 according to the national Statistics Committee. The overall decrease in exports of Belarusian goods to foreign markets was due to a slump in prices on pivotal Belarusian export products.In spite of the expected growth in consumer imports.....

Ecuador has high expectations of the EU
Exporters believe that, now that the country has signed a trade agreement with the European Union, they have the possibility of converting Ecuador into an agricultural powerhouse thanks to its natural advantages.After almost 10 years of negotiations with the European Union (EU), Ecuador has finally signed.....

New Zealand P.M. announces his resignation
John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand has announced that he will be resigning in seven days' time. He made the announcement at a press conference today and stated in the briefing: “It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible.....


Fastest growing religions by country
This map shows which religions are growing the fastest in each country around the world. The data was found in Pew Research Center's "The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050". The growth is relative, however. To see a full size map, click here.


Produce company donates to Ecuadorian earthquake relief
“There is more to life than produce, we got involved with the Ecuadorian Earthquake Relief Project because we want to support the ecosystems and people that help supply us with fruit," says Donald Souther with Vision Produce Company. "Our team works hand and hand with farmers throughout the world, the.....


Spain: Two people arrested for stealing 2 tonnes of avocados
The Guardia Civil has arrested two people for stealing about 2,000 kilos of avocados worth more than 4,000 Euro from three farms located in Casares (Malaga), Castellar de la Frontera (Cadiz) and Jimena de la Frontera (Cadiz).As reported by the law enforcement agency, those arrested went to the chosen farms.....


Fastest growing religions around the world
This map shows the fastest growing religions around the world for each country. Click here to see a larger version.


Austria says ‘yes’ to EU
Italy says ‘no’: stock markets not panicked
Yesterday, the Italian population rejected political reforms that should speed up decision-making, in a referendum. The result was 59% against, and 41% in favour. Incumbent Prime Minister Renzi has admitted his defeat and will resign today. He staked his political future on the result. This did not result in.....

New technology may make bad odours a thing of the past
While it may still be unhealthy for the rest of your body, fried food may become easier on the nose. A new technology developed by the brainiacs at Blumchen, a German manufacturer of deep fryers, uses plasma to filter the air of bad odours. This technology was inspired by early tests in plasma back in 2001.....


Mexico will continue to feed the United States despite Trump
Mexican farmers are not afraid of the threat made by President-elect, Donald Trump, to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as they will continue to sell American consumers avocado, beef, tomatoes , strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, as well as Mexican beer and.....


Incarceration rates around the world
More people live behind bars in America than anywhere on the planet with figures reaching 2.4 million which is 0.7% of the population. To see how other countries fared view the full sized map click here.source: businessinsider.com

Thailand is now Yunnan's main export destination
On the 23rd of November, the Hong xing Cang jiang international transport agency, located inYunnan province, reported that 25 tons of citrus was exported destined for Thailand. The statistics at the customs indicate that from January to October in 2016, Yunnan province has exported 592,000 tons of fruits.....

Peru declares water emergency in several agricultural areas
On Tuesday, the Peruvian government declared a water emergency in several agricultural production areas in the country, due to the lack of rain, while setting up some measures to mitigate the impact of drought due to climate change.In a resolution published in the official gazette, El Peruano, the Ministry.....

Polish government supports cultivators affected by weather damage
Aid package of €23 million to help Polish farmers
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture has made 100 million PLN (approximately 23 million euro) available to cultivators who have been affected by weather damage in 2016. Poland experienced various weather extremes in 2016: spring frost, a drought in the May-June period, and copious amounts of rain in August and.....


Toronto shoppers enjoy cucumber organ music
Hendrick's Gin has revealed a whimsical spectacle unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Throughout the day on November 30th and December 1st, holiday shoppers prone to wonder and curiosity are advised to keep an eye out for the Hendrick's CORGAN, or rather, the Cucumber Organ of Remarkably Glorious.....

Zimbabwe launches new bond notes
Zimbabwe has launched its new "bond notes" currency which held its value against the U.S. dollar on Monday. This was introduced despite warnings that it could cause hyperinflation and suggestions it could turn the people against President Robert Mugabe.The bright green bond notes, introduced by the southern.....


Germany
Chiquita® voted one of top three most sustainable products
Chiquita’s long-standing sustainability efforts are bearing fruit as the international banana producer’s products were ranked one of top three in the award for Germany’s most sustainable products by the employees and customers of REWE Group (food category).The Chiquita banana was chosen among a total of 60.....

Banana producer to become the president of Haiti
According to the official preliminary results released on Monday, businessman Jovenel Moïse, the candidate supported by ex-president Michel Martelly, won the presidential elections in Haiti that were held on November 20, with 55.67% of the vote.The head of the Provisional Electoral Council, Uder Antoine,.....


Peru: Camposol wins first prize in Environmental Care
CAMPOSOL, the agroindustrial company, won first place in the Environmental Care category of the 2016 Business Creativity contest, organized by the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), which has been recognizing the most notable innovations made by private and public Peruvian institutions in the.....


Russian consumer worse off
The majority of Russians are noticing that prices for fruit, vegetables and meat have increased, according to research done by Itar-Tass. Respondents indicated they are spending more money on these foods. Not only do consumers notice a downside to the boycott due to prices in supermarkets, products on the.....

US: Bearded lizard discovered in Nebraskan melon shipment
While unloading crates of melons from a Mexican shipment, workers were shocked to find this bearded lizard among them. The lizard apparently hitched a ride with the cargo and made it all the way to Nebraska where it is now safe at the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.Workers at the rehab are currently working out the.....


French study rates by European country
With over 150 million non-native French speakers around the world, it remains one of the most influential languages out there. This map shows the percentage of students in general upper secondary education who study French in European countries. Click here to enlarge map.


Two trade fairs, two new records: expoSE and expoDirekt 2016
"The visitor and exhibitor numbers of the 21st European Asparagus and Strawberry Exchange expoSE and the 6th trade fair for Direct Marketing of Agricultural Products expoDirekt exceeded our expectations," says Simon Schumacher from the Association of South German Asparagus and Strawberry Farmers (VSSE).With.....


The safest and most risky world debts

Based on who investors think is likely to default. Click here to view an enlarged image. Source: matadornetwork.com
 

Effects of future trade agreements on agricultural sector?
Last week, the Commission presented the conclusions of a study into the cumulative effects of twelve future trade agreements on the agricultural products and food sector to the ministers of Agriculture of Europe. The study contains, among other things, specific results for the product prices and production.....

Italy: Cannabis law approved
A law for the promotion of the cannabis chain has been approved by the Senate."We have finally regulated a sector that represents a great potential for our agriculture, not only from an economic point of view, but also for what concerns sustainability. We supply information to the many producers.....


Trump's TPP retreat opens up opportunities for Europe
One man's sorrow is another man's joy? Donald Trump wants to terminate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as soon as he begins his term as president of the US in January. The TPP trade agreement is supposed to massively boost trade between the US and the Asian Pacific region. Donald Trump seems to be.....


Peru: Six products will help consolidate agricultural exports
Peruvian agricultural exports will continue to quietly consolidate over the next five years. The Association of Agricultural Producers Guild of Peru (AGAP), stated on Tuesday that the consolidation would be led by six established fresh products: asparagus, avocado, mango, blueberries, grapes, and.....


What word do you associate with each country of the world?
When thinking of certain countries, what word comes to mind? If you think of "war" when thinking about the United States, you might have just read the country's Wikipedia page. This map shows the most recurrent words found on each country's English Wikipedia page.Click here to see an enlarged version.Reddit.....

Mechanism of plant defence against pests discovered
A group of researchers from the Faculty of Agronomy of the UBA (FAUBA), working in partnership with scientists from the Netherlands, has been able to decipher previously unknown aspects about the defence mechanism that plants use against insect attacks, based on the emission of volatile compounds.These.....


Very few countries have more people than Bangladesh
Bangladesh is very crowded for such a tiny country, in fact, its population is even greater that that of Russia's.Source: matadornetwork.com


What will euros, pounds and dollars do in 2017?
When it became clear the British would vote to leave the EU, the pound dropped by about seven per cent. The dollar was also affected by an election. The debates between Trump and Clinton, the victory of Trump, the investigation into Clinton’s e-mails: everything can be seen in the rates. How do these markets.....

Research PWC:
The Netherlands has highest tariffs import controls
On 18 November, the report ‘International Comparison Costs Inspection and Monitoring NVWA and Test Moderation’ was presented to the Dutch House of Representatives.Guiding costs of import controlsThe report shows that the costs of import controls in the Netherlands are much higher than in surrounding.....


AU: New weapon unleashed against Australian fruit fly
The newest weapon against one of the world’s worst horticultural pests has been unveiled in South Australia. The National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) Centre will initially tackle the Queensland fruit fly, which costs the Australian horticulture industry more than $300 million a year.The $3.8 million.....


92% of us are breathing unsafe air
Interactive maps highlight the magnitude of the air pollution problem: swathes of the world are coloured yellow, orange, red and purple, meaning air quality breaches WHO limits.Parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, India, China and the Middle East are the biggest regional danger spots. The WHO says almost all air.....

China: King of sweet potatoes weighs 25 kilos
"I'm 78 and I've never seen such a big sweet potato in my life," Mr. Cao from Donghai county told a journalist. His son-in-law has grown a super-size sweet potato, which can certainly be considered as the "king of sweet potatoes in Donghai county".The giant sweet spud takes up an awful lot of space in Mr......

Europe: Value of euro and dollar almost equal
The exchange rate between the euro and the dollar is approaching the point at which both currencies are worth the same amount. The euro is in a continuous downwards trend. In the past two weeks, the currency lost four per cent of its value against the dollar, and amounted to 1.06 dollar for one euro. That.....


The gift of time: More time for family and friends
Edeka launches new Christmas Campaign
At the start of the Christmas season, EDEKA is calling for us all to remember what really counts at this special time of year: family and friends. Yesterday, the new Christmas campaign started, with their theme of "The Gift of Time" as the focal point.At the core of the campaign is the online video-clip.....


This map helps explain China’s pollution problem
China is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, as well as one of the starkest divides between the rural and urban. As evidenced by this map, when split roughly in half, 94% of people live in the more urban cities in the east, while a much smaller percentage of people (6%) live in the west. Such high.....