TradeLink Internationals weekly round up of organic, gluten free and ancient grain news from around the world.
enviroblog Consumers and the environment have reason to rejoice. According to new data released this week by the Department of Agriculture, the number of certified organic farms and operations in the United States surged by almost 12 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Since quinoa's rise in popularity in the United States and Europe, stories warned about the impact of higher prices on South American farmers, especially in Peru and Bolivia. These two countries account for more than 95 percent of global production. The grain is grown in cool areas of the Andes.
The Scandinavian School of Jersey City offers an all-vegan menu to its preschoolers, who help prep meals, grow vegetables and make bread and cashew milk. Photo: Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal
South America's access to both the giant markets in the US and China will pose a significant challenge to the New Zealand beef trade
Rabobank's quarterly report on the global beef market maintains South American beef producers, particularly Brazil, will be the major influence on the beef trade in 2016. The most notable features are expected to be an increase in China's official imports which rose sharply by 60% last year, a decline in US imports and lower than usual Australian beef production.
The American population is becoming more health-conscious as seen by the increase in the demand for chemical-free and locally produced food. This, in return, has caused an outpour in the number of organic operations around the country. Like Us on Facebook A growing number of American consumers have become interested in patronizing locally sourced foods.
The European Union and Chile have concluded negotiations on an agreement on trade in organic products, with a deal in sight. The agreement will see the two mutually recognise the equivalence of their organic production rules and control systems. It covers all EU organic products and allows for products produced and controlled according to EU rules to be sold in the Chilean market and vice versa.