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Farm Confessional: Secrets of a Supermarket Produce Buyer - Modern Farmer

Farm Confessional: Secrets of a Supermarket Produce Buyer - Modern Farmer | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
"A lot goes into this business if it's done right, a lot of psychology. We aren't just throwing up stuff and hoping you'll buy it."
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What sustainability means to a beef farming family in Saskatchewan

What sustainability means to a beef farming family in Saskatchewan | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Has it crossed your mind lately: “What does the word “Sustainability” really mean? The way it has been tossed around, “sustainability” seems to be right up there with “selfies”, “my bad” and “woot”...
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Demand Grows for Hogs That Are Raised Humanely Outdoors

Demand Grows for Hogs That Are Raised Humanely Outdoors | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Some farmers are raising their pigs more humanely in wide open spaces, instead of tight quarters, and selling them to restaurants and grocers increasingly interested in how animals are treated.
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ANALYSIS-In year of abundance, Canada's farmers miss the boat

ANALYSIS-In year of abundance, Canada's farmers miss the boat | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 16- Canada's record canola and wheat harvests have clogged its rail arteries and overwhelmed its ports, sticking Glencore and other grain handlers with millions of dollars in shipping penalties and leaving farmers' bins...
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Competition keeping prices in check

Competition keeping prices in check | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
The intense battle between grocery chains for market share will keep the walk down the aisle relatively painless for Canadians this year, a think-tank’s just-released report says.
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Balancing virtual land imports by a shift in the diet. Using a land balance approach to assess the sustainability of food consumption. Germany as an example

Balancing virtual land imports by a shift in the diet. Using a land balance approach to assess the sustainability of food consumption. Germany as an example | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it

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Nutrition is considered as one of the main drivers of global environmental change. Dietary patterns in particular, embedded in the international trade of foods and other biomass based commodities, determine the dimension of beneficial or harmful environmental impacts of the agri-food sector – both domestically and abroad. In this study we analysed different dietary scenarios from a virtual land flow perspective, based on representative consumption data for Germany in the years 2006 and 1985–89. Further we identified the consumer groups that would have to adapt most to balance Germany’s virtual land import and analysed the impact reduced food wastage. For the study, official data sets concerning production, trade and consumption were used. We derived land use data from environmentally extended input–output data sets and FAO statistics. The conversion of agricultural raw products to consumed commodities is based on official processing and composition data. Subgroup-specific intake data from the last representative National Nutrition Survey in Germany were used. We analysed 42 commodities, aggregated into 23 product groups, seven land use types and six nutrition scenarios. The results show that in the baseline scenario the average nutrition in the year 2006 leads to a virtual land import of 707 m2 p−1 a−1, which represents 30% of the total nutrition-induced land demand of 2365 m2 p−1 a−1. On the other hand, the German agri-food sector exports virtual land, in the form of commodities, equivalent to 262 m2 p−1 a−1. In this paper we calculate that the resulting net import of virtual land could be balanced by way of a shift to an officially recommended diet and a reduction in the consumption of stimulants (cocoa, coffee, green/black tea, wine). A shift to an ovo-lacto-vegetarian or vegan diet would even lead to a positive virtual land balance (even with maintained consumption of stimulants). Moreover, we demonstrate that a shift in the average diet profile could lead to maintained or even expanded export competitiveness and simultaneously enable environmental benefits. Since such a diet shift complies with official dietary recommendations, it follows that public health benefits may well result. We show further that a reduction of avoidable food losses/wastage would not be sufficient to level out the virtual land balance of the average nutrition in Germany. Regarding the dietary developments in the last 20 years, we argue that a dietary shift resulting in a zero land balance is within reach. The population groups that would have to be addressed most are younger and middle-aged men. Nevertheless, women’s land saving potentials should not be ignored neither. Due to the fact that a western-style diet prevails in Germany, we argue that our basic findings are applicable to other industrialised and densely populated countries.


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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, December 20, 2013 7:23 AM

Es ist doch wirklich schön, dass so kurz vor Weihnachten noch unsere Publikation in der Zeitschrift "Appetite" . 

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Dänische Biolandwirte steigen aus der Ökomilcherzeugung aus

Dänische Biolandwirte steigen aus der Ökomilcherzeugung aus | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
In Dänemark geben immer mehr Milchbauern die ökologische Milcherzeugung auf und schwenken wieder auf konventionelle Herstellung um.

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Landwirtschaft - Geiz ist ungeil

Landwirtschaft - Geiz ist ungeil | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Der Bio-Boom wird ausgerechnet den Ökobauern zum Verhängnis, weil wir bei Lebensmitteln ständig sparen
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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:31 AM

NOchmals zur kritischen finanziellen Situation des Ökolandbaus in Deutschland. 

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“Sustainable” Agriculture: often debated, rarely understood

“Sustainable” Agriculture: often debated, rarely understood | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Current agricultural practices are diminishing our ability to produce food in the future. Food choices today will influence what is produced in the future.
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Connaître l’origine de ses œufs - La Terre de chez nous

Connaître l’origine de ses œufs - La Terre de chez nous | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
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"First of its kind in traceability in North America, this technology gives the consumer access to information about the producer, the laying hen’s cage, the breeder, the hatchery and the original reproductive flock" ([Locavore News] Canada, January 22, 2014)

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When is the best time to buy groceries?

When is the best time to buy groceries? | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
How healthy -- and cheap -- your food is depends on when you hit the grocery store.
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Agrarindustrie auf der Grünen Woche – Kampfparolen und Misstrauen

Agrarindustrie auf der Grünen Woche – Kampfparolen und Misstrauen | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Bauernpräsident Rukwied behauptet, Massentierhaltung gebe es nicht - und erntet Hohngelächter. Die Fronten zwischen Ernährungswirtschaft und Konsumenten sind verhärtet. Daran ist vor allem die Branche selbst schuld.

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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:38 AM

DIE SZ bezieht kritisch Stellung und sieht im wesentlichen die Agrar- und Ernährungsindustrie in der Verantwortung. 

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Beef producers smile, consumers cry

Beef producers smile, consumers cry | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
Manitoba beef producers have a reason to smile these days as a combination of high cattle prices and... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press.
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GMO labeling: Is the fight worth it? - Washington Post

GMO labeling: Is the fight worth it? - Washington Post | Agriculture and Food | Scoop.it
GMO labeling: Is the fight worth it?
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There are a few other things I think we should keep in mind: 1. We already know if we're eating GMOs. Answering one simple question will ... First, the whole foods.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:42 PM

The Washington Post has a great article today on whether to keep pushing the edges of the GMO labeling debate.

askdrmaxwell's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:24 PM

A very controversial and hard-hitting piece.