Children in five California schools will no longer have access to salad bars, following complaints from lunchroom workers that the efforts required for the initiative were not stated in their contracts, broadcaster KBSW reported.
"Indian mango exports to the U.S. could hit record volume this year despite infrastructure restrictions, according to government body Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)."
"The president of Canada’s Agriculture Union says further government job cuts in farming and research will mean lost opportunities for the future, while adding that quarantine downsizing presents a serious risk to growers."
"The prospect of an alternative to the Wonderful variety looks increasingly likely for Chilean pomegranate growers, after tests for three Israeli cultivars sprouted strong results in the country’s central zone."
Spanish researchers have developed a genetically modified (GM) tomato that can be grown without fertilization, through a process called “parthenocarpy” where the female fruit’s ovaries develop on their own.
"The Colombian department of Antioquia is experiencing “exponential” growth in avocado planting as industry representatives continue to push for access to new markets and better phytosanitary standards."
Sweeter than the Golden Delicious variety and more resilient in storage, Opal apples are taking the U.S. by storm. Production is set to double annually in Washington State, accelerated planting is underway in Europe and orchards now boast the fruit in Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. Originating from the Czech Institute of Experimental Botany’s (IEB) apple breeding for disease resistance station in Střížovice, entire crops of this gem are sold before they’ve even been grown. For patent owner Varieties International, the biggest concern is whether there will be enough volume to meet demand.