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Munich: $470 million worth of cocaine found in banana shipment

The German police seized 1 ton of cocaine found in a shipment of bananas coming from Ecuador. According to wsbtv.com, supermarket workers in several stores found the cocaine packed in shipments of bananas.The authorities arrested 12 people in connection with a European cartel. Chemical tests revealed that the.....

Irish Department of Agriculture has issued fire warning

An ‘orange’ fire warning has been issued for Ireland as the country will see more high temperatures over the coming days. Met Eireann have stated that temperatures will rise as high as 20oC in some places between now and the end of the weekend.According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,.....

President Macri claims Argentina's currency crisis is over

This Wednesday president Mauricio Macri claimed that Argentina's currency crisis is over. He was speaking as the country's currency rebounded somewhat and prices for its stocks and bonds rose.Last week, Macri had announced that Argentina was seeking a financing deal with the International Monetary Fund,.....

UK asparagus farmer could close over Brexit

From royal wedding to bust?

An asparagus farmer whose produce will probably be served at Saturday’s royal wedding warns he faces bankruptcy because of Brexit. It is presumed the 600 wedding guests will be offered asparagus from Andy Allen’s Norfolk farm and although Allen can’t confirm, he doesn’t deny it either. Supplying the royal.....

New Zealand: Stronger biosecurity to protect primary sector

The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector, says Agriculture, Biosecurity, Rural Communities and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor.“New Zealand’s flora, fauna and livestock are the foundations of our primary.....

Hurricane, West Virginia

Giant potato makes unexpected stop in Hurricane

Last Tuesday afternoon, a giant potato stopped by Hurricane. The driver of the truck moving this potato said his GPS accidentally routed him there while he was looking for a truck stop in order to get some fuel. While outside the Dairy Queen in Hurricane, the potato became an instant tourist attraction with.....

Kenya: EU signs 1 million Euro grant to Makueni Fruit Processing Plant

The European Union confirmed its support towards the strengthening and realisation of devolution in Kenya through the signing of a 1 million Euro (Ksh 118 million) grant towards the Mango and fruit processing plant for Makueni County, the first county to benefit from an investment grant under the Instrument.....

Kazakhstan: Italian companies interested in agribusiness projects

During recent meetings with the leadership of more than 20 major Italian companies and government agencies in Italy, Kazakh Invest representatives presented Kazakhstan's investment opportunities. Several Italian companies expressed interest in implementing joint projects in the areas of agribusiness, energy.....

Michigan State University:

Attracting kestrels to orchards could create US jobs

American kestrels range from Alaska to southernmost South America. They feed on bugs, small mammals and fruit-eating birds. Growers can attract more of these beneficial birds by building nesting boxes. Because more kestrels mean fewer pests, the birds’ mere presence can produce measurable improvements, says.....

US: Pennsylvania asks public to help control spotted lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly, an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect native to South-east Asia was first identified in the state of Pennsylvania in 2014. Now, thirteen counties in south-eastern Pennsylvania are under quarantine, including Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon. At the same time, state and federal.....

Economic attache Liu Rutao meets with Kingship CEO Li Hanqing

The economic attache Liu Rutao met with Shenzhen Kingship Investment Company Limited CEO, Li Hanqing, on May 10th, 2018.Picture of Kingship CEO Li Hanqing (left) and China's economic attache to Chile, Mr. Liu Rutao (right)Li Hanqing stated that Kingship had made abundant use of the new agreement between China.....

Simple life hack to get more out of your avocados

Avocados: delicious, but fickle. One moment they’re hard as a rock, the next… Well, let us say that if you don’t eat them immediately, they seem to have a one-way ticket to the bin. But maybe this does not have to be. Next time, use this simple and waste-reducing hack to save the fruit for future use......

Vegetable garnishes

Some creative slicing and dicing

Feeling creative? Try and liven up your dinner table.

Waitrose to launch new vegan section

UK supermarket Waitrose is all set to add a dedicated vegan section to its shops - for the first time ever. In addition, the upmarket retailer will double its vegetarian and vegan range -by adding more than 50 products- due to launch in stores on June 4. The products will include a number of ready-meals and.....

ADOEXPO disseminates a guide

Dominican Republic: Requirements to export to the United States

More and more Dominican companies and producers are exporting fruits and vegetables. However, to start exporting, producers must meet a series of requirements that may vary depending on the country to which they want to ship their products. ADOEXPO, the Dominican Association of Exporters, launched a manual.....

Brazil is interested in Argentina's fruits

The trade mission carried out in Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the past week to boost the Argentine fruit sector in international markets culminated positively with requests to purchase 44 Argentine products, including citrus fruits and blueberries from Tucuman."This public-private articulation is what allows us.....

Argentina: Contest to raise awareness about healthy eating in schools

1 out of every 3 children of school age in Argentina is overweight. Since a low consumption of fruits and vegetables increases the chances of contracting diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol, and children need to be educated about healthy and balanced diets to avoid problems in the.....

"A Silent Spring": First the bees die, then all the produce disappears

Penny is clearing its shelves

Bees are the third most important livestock for humans, after cattle and pigs. More than 85 percent of the world's wild and cultivated plants depend on pollination by bees and by a large number of other pollinating insect species. It has been estimated that the economic benefits of wild bees, butterflies and.....

Truck used to load spinach wreaks havoc

On Monday evening, a truck caused significant damage to a warehouse in the Netherlands. The warehouse is located in Nieuwedijk in the town of Odiliapeel. The truck belongs to a company in Moerdijk. The truck got hooked on a steel door jamb after it has been rinsed. When it started to drive out of the.....

Ghana: Tomato farmers threaten suicide over importations

Tomato farmers from Tuobodom in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo region are distressed as they lack a market for their produce. A recent glut has caused prices to drop drastically; some farmers are threatening to commit suicide. The District Chief Executive for the area has threatened to block the highways leading to.....

Midwest fresh produce distributor donates to regional food bank

Wholesale Produce Supply, a wholesale distributor of fresh produce in the upper Midwest, chose Harvesters Community Food Network as the second charity recipient on behalf of Nora and Ashley’s. The donation made to Harvesters will be able to support the 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern.....

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to be paid for more than just picking crops

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that farmworkers paid a piece rate as they work in fields and orchards, must get additional wages for their other tasks during the course of a workday.The 5-4 decision released last Thursday affects wages in a vital part of the state’s economy: the agricultural industry......

Florida: Thousands sign petition for allowing home vegetable gardens

The petition called “Let our gardens grow” was signed by more than 54,000 people as of Tuesday May 15th. According to the petition, the city of Miami Shores passed a law banning vegetable gardens in front yards. Some people say they were fined $50 a day.“Please join us in urging the Florida Senate to pass S.B......

Aldi ‘lemon on a pear’ song does more than just stick in your head

Earlier this month, Aldi in the UK released an ad which received praise, got much tabloid attention and had many social media shares around the world. If you’ve had Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer stuck in your head for the past week, I’m willing to bet you know which one I’m talking about.So what was it about.....

By Hugo Boss

Vegan pineapple leather shoes

Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has responded to the growing demand for cruelty-free footwear by releasing a line of vegan men’s shoes. The collection, titled “BOSS,” features sneakers made from Piñatex, which is an animal-free leather derived from pineapple leaf fibres.The limited-edition collection is.....

New York state: Threat of spotted lanternfly to apples, grapes and more

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Agriculture and Markets Department are currently warning people to look out for the spotted lanternfly, a bug that could threaten crops in the state. A single adult of the new invasive threat was found dead in the fall of 2017 in New York.The.....

But not everything always goes as planned...

British family producing some record-breaking vegetables

Farmer Kevin Fortey is from Cwmbran in South Wales. Over time, he and his family have grown some record-breaking vegetables.However, not everything always goes as you expect. Giant vegetable enthusiast Fortey was recently stopped at US customs after officials mistook a harmless gardening tool for a taser......

Russia might restrict import of vegetables from Armenia

Russia may impose temporary restrictions on the import of tomatoes and cucumbers from Armenia, according to its Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor.The control of products coming from Armenia through the ‘Upper Lars’ checkpoint, was intensified last May. Seven.....

Kashmir, India: Heavy winds and rain hit Chenab Valley

Heavy rainfall and hailstorms, coupled with heavy winds, lashed Bhaderwah Valley, Doda and Kishtwar on Saturday afternoon. All this precipitation triggered flash floods at several places and caused widespread damage to standing crops. Officials claim 30% of standing crops have been damaged. There are reports.....

Donation finances ecological and social projects in Costa Rica and Panama

700,000 euros for ‘banana fund’

With €700,000, REWE is again supporting projects in the banana and pineapple cultivation areas of Central and South America this year, in order to improve social and ecological standards there. This is a commitment that was initiated back in 2007. It gained in importance in 2014 with the founding of a "REWE.....

Total property damage about 100,000 euros

Major fire in the Grossmarktstraße of Graz

On Thursday evening there was a big fire in the wholesale market hall in Graz. A container went up in flames and in the hall, several windows and doors were destroyed. The police are currently suspecting it is arson. The Grossmarkthalle for fruit and vegetables in Graz, Austria. Damages The incident involved.....

May 30th

2018 session of the China Fruit Retail Summit Meeting

Capital has flowed into the fruit industry in recent years. Initially wild, traders have now become more reasonable in fresh produce investment projects. In addition to capital investment, the foundation of the fruit industry has become a fusion of industrial supply chains. It has become a general trend to.....

Equitable Food Initiative welcomes Florida sweet corn grower

Rouge River Farms joins a fast-growing network of certified growers that have made a commitment to improve labor conditions, food safety and pest management through Equitable Food Initiative’s workforce development program.The company’s farming and packing operations in Clewiston, Florida, became EFI's first.....

Jackson, Mo. elementary school wins $5K grant for mobile kitchen classroom

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) yesterday presented the final award in its 2018 ‘Apples4Ed’ grant program to Jackson, Mo., school East Elementary. The school received $5,000 to help purchase a ‘Charlie Cart’ mobile kitchen classroom for its students.According to East Elementary school administrators, many.....

Hidden under vegetables

On Thai-Myanmar border: 5 million meth tablets and 70 kilograms of heroin seized

On May 14, the Thai police shot two Thai citizens, seizing 5 million methamphetamine tablets and 70 kilograms of heroin. The drugs were being transported from the eastern Shan State at the Thai-Myanmar border, into Thailand.The drug traffickers had hidden the drugs under several loads of vegetables on their.....

Minister of Agriculture:

Vietnamese group to invest $1 billion in Cambodia

The Vietnam-based FLC Group is a conglomerate that provides real estate developing, real estate consulting and investment, financial consulting and property exchange. Other activities include advertising, civil construction, trading on medical machinery and equipment, iron and steel, and more.The company will.....

Canada: Winter losses of Ontario bee colonies possibly worst on record

Currently, Canadian beekeepers are expressing their concern about the effects of poor weather on their colonies. Jim Coneybeare, the president of the Ontario Beekeepers' Association, called the levels of dead or ailing bees ‘astounding’.An Association survey of almost 900 Ontario beekeepers indicated that 70.....

Slices of the Earth: Each section contains 10% of the world's population

In other words: The thinner the slice, the more hassle you get...
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Someone went to town with his crayons...

Speed limits across Texas

A colourful rendition of the speed limits across Texas. Pretty, eh?
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Canada to expand agricultural market access in China

Canada and China are working to build a stronger relationship to create good, middle-class jobs and more opportunities for citizens in both countries. The two countries have agreed to increase collaboration on agriculture, including expanding market access, which is vital to achieving the Government of.....

Angola: Czech Republic spends $100 mln on agriculture

The Czech Republic intends to spend $100 million to fund agriculture and livestock projects in Angola, said the State Secretary for Forestry Resources of Agriculture Ministry, André de Jesus Moda.Mota said that the funding will allow the emergence of more projects that will contribute to development of the.....

US tomato farm workers march against Wendy’s fast food chain

Since March of this year, there have been calls to boycott Wendy’s fast food restaurants. Workers’ rights groups across the East Coast, from Florida to New York, have been marching and protesting the poor safety conditions of farmworkers. Since 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization of.....

Chile: Drosophila suzukii detected in Maule

The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Carolina Torres, met with professionals of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) to collect background information on the Drosophila suzukii pest and to coordinate actions in the Maule region, following the recent detection of a specimen of the insect, also known as.....

Honduras: Fruit exports amounted to US $633 million dollars

Fruit exports, worth around 633 million dollars (15,065 millions of lempiras) per year, leave the country and contribute to a very positive trade balance in favor of Honduras.Julio Morales, the coordinator of Agricultural Businesses of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), said that the country's.....

Sino-Israel cooperation begins a new chapter

Israel organizes twentieth session of International Agricultural Technology Exhibition

The twentieth session of the International Agricultural Technology Exhibition was organized in Tel Aviv, Israel, between May 8th and May 10th. This is one of the most important exhibitions for global leaders in the agricultural industry. Several dozen agricultural technology companies from Israel, Italy,.....

New Zealand kiwifruit business fined over $30,000 for underpaying workers

A Bay of Plenty kiwifruit picking business has been fined more than $30,000 for avoiding minimum wages and illegally deducting money from a worker. Aulack made 12 employment breaches, mostly relating to employment agreements and wage record-keeping. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) said Aulack was a.....

Map of South Asian language families

A map of the various South Asian Language Families.Click here for a larger image.

Top container shipping lines reviewing Iran operations

Maersk Line and MSC, the world’s top two container shipping groups, are reviewing their Iran operations after the US withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. The 2015 agreement lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits to its nuclear programme. US president Trump now has also.....

Attempting to help their businesses to survive Brexit

Spain: Murcia government prepares ‘Brexit cheques’

Less competitive export prices to the UK could threaten various sectors of the Murcia economy. There is still great uncertainty over what the implications of the UK's exit from the EU will be, both in Britain and in the rest of Europe. In Murcia, measures are taken to ensure that any effect on the regional.....

Colombian fruits and vegetables in demand on international markets

The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, said that the Colombian fruits, which are representing Colombia at the MacFrut Fair, were healthy, nutritious, and had an excellent flavor.Colombia is this year's guest country at the MacFrut Fair. The head of the agricultural portfolio said that "the world.....

Specialty produce company supports LA Food Bowl event

Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of the Border Grill are hosting “Plant Power: The No Beast Feast” as part of Los Angeles Food Bowl, a month-long food festival taking place across the Los Angeles area. This event, on Saturday, May 19, in Downtown Los Angeles, will showcase innovative vegetable-driven.....

Qatar: Three winter vegetable markets to close this Saturday

The three winter vegetable markets in Al Mazroua, Al Khor-Dakhira and Al Wakrah will close on Saturday after witnessing huge rises in sales, this season. The winter markets serve as platform for farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without middlemen, offering fresh vegetables to the.....

Indian traders: Exports to Pakistan via Attari check post dropped 30%

Indian exports to Pakistan through India’s first Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the border crossing at Attari in Amritsar have registered a record 30% decline in 2017-18 as compared to previous year. Traders blame the Pakistan government’s blanket ban on imports of vegetables and soybeans.Federation of Karyana.....

Union conflict in Argentina affects fruit exports to China

Fruit exports from the Argentinian Rio Negro area have been paralyzed since May 4th as a result of a labor union conflict. This affects fruit export to markets in the USA, Brazil, and China, as well as other countries. Private sector reports estimate that a reduced production volume has already cost foreign.....

Manifesto of European Wholesalers signed

Wholesale entrepreneurs are preparing to face new challenges by establishing common goals and strengthening teamwork at European level. At Macfrut, a first step was made in this direction, when Fedagromercati (National Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers), COEMFE (confederation of Spanish.....

Californian man suing Hilton Houston

Banana peel slip on lettuce leaf - $200,000 to $1 million claim

A California man is suing the Hilton Houston Downtown after he says he slipped on a piece of lettuce and was "severely injured."William Anthony Packard of Orange County filed the lawsuit against hotel owner American Liberty Hospitality Inc. on April 17 in Harris County District Court. Packard is seeking.....

'It is a kind of invisible trade war’

China increases inspections of US agri imports

China’s customs authorities have intensified inspections of US agricultural imports just as trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies intensify. Inspections are taking longer than usual and procedures are more complicated. Quarantine authorities have strengthened inspections of products.....