Analysis of commercially available rice imported into the US has revealed it contains levels of lead far higher than regulations suggest are safe. Some samples exceeded the "provisional total tolerable intake" (PTTI) set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a factor of 120. However, the results are preliminary and will be extensively reviewed prior to publication in a journal. The FDA told the BBC it would review the research.
Increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide, rising temperatures, and altered precipitation patterns will affect agricultural productivity, according to USDA's Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States report. Projections for crops and livestock production systems reveal that climate change effects over the next 25 years will be mixed. The continued degree of change in the climate by midcentury and beyond is expected to have overall detrimental effects on most crops and livestock
Despite improvements in soil moisture and pasture conditions in many areas of the Central and Northern United States, continuation of the drought in the Southwestern and Southern Plains States generated some fiscal pain for cow-calf producers as feeder cattle and calf prices began to deteriorate over the last weeks in April. Feeder cattle prices began to drop as a result of declining summer pasture prospects and increasing hay and other feed prices. Feeder cattle sales (AMS National Feeder & Stock Cattle Summary, SJ_LS850) have been averaging almost 5 percent above year-earlier sales since the first week in March. Many of these cattle have weighed over 600 lbs. As became evident with March’s net placements of feeder cattle in feedlots of 1,000 head or more—up by almost 6 percent over March 2012 placements (Cattle on Feed)—many of these heavier cattle were headed to feedlots, a move that could also appear as relatively heavy placements in April-May as cattle are removed from graze-out wheat.
Another result of the drought in Southern areas is continued high levels of cow slaughter relative to January 1 cow inventories comparable with—though slightly lower than—the high rates of slaughter of 2011 and 2012, which have led cow prices to slip. For most of March and April, federally inspected (FI) weekly beef cow slaughter has averaged about 9 percent higher year-over-year than in 2012. Weekly total FI cow slaughter has averaged almost 7 percent higher year-over-year
as a result of a 5-percent increase in dairy cow slaughter during the same weeks.
The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs is raising questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply. The swine-only virus poses no danger to humans or other animals, and the meat from infected pigs is safe for people to eat. Though previously seen in parts of Asia and Europe, the virus now has spread into five leading hog-raising U.S. states. How it arrived in the U.S. remains a mystery. While the U.S. imports millions of pigs each year from Canada, it imports pigs from virtually no other country, and no Canadian cases of the virus have been confirmed
Western chocolate makers are working more closely with cocoa farmers to increase crop yields and secure future supplies to meet growing demand from emerging economies, as well as make farming the crop lucrative enough to ensure younger generations remain interested in cultivating the beans. Mars is the latest multinational to pledge to help its suppliers boost cocoa yields over the next 10 years to 1,500-2,500 kg per hectare, up from the current 450 kg. The company stated it would invest roughly $30 million a year over the next decade to establish development centers that allow farmers to learn about the use of superior planting materials and rehabilitate old cocoa gardens Fish consumers may not notice cuts that are hurting fishermen
This month, New England's fishermen again saw a cut to the number of fish they can catch, this time so deep that the historic industry's existence is threatened from Rhode Island to Maine. But as hard as the cuts are likely to hit fishing communities, local seafood eaters may not notice at all. In the region's markets, grocery stores and restaurants, imported fish dominate, and the cuts make that less likely to change. The cuts will shrink the catch limit 77% for cod in the Gulf of Maine and 61% for cod on Georges Bank, off southeastern Massachusetts. That's the worst of a series of reductions to the catch of bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as haddock and flounder, that many fear could be fatal to the industry.
Consumer Price Indexes – April 2013
The food index increased 0.2 percent in April after being unchanged in March. The index for food at home turned up in April, increasing 0.1 percent after declining 0.1 percent the prior month. Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in April. The largest increase was for the cereals and bakery products index, which rose 0.6 percent. The indexes for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, and for other food at home both increased 0.4 percent, while the nonalcoholic beverages index rose 0.3 percent. In contrast, the index for fruits and vegetables fell 1.4 percent in April as the indexes for fresh fruits and fresh vegetables both declined for the second straight month. The index for dairy and related products was unchanged in April after declining in February and March. Over the last 12 months, the food at home index has risen 1.0 percent with all the major component groups increasing over that span except nonalcoholic beverages, which fell 0.2 percent. The index for food away from home increased 0.3 percent in April; this was its largest increase since August and it has risen 2.3 percent over the past year.
Last week wholesale beef prices hit $208.18 per hundredweight, the fourth record level in two weeks as pent-up demand from a delayed grilling season met concerns about future beef supplies. Analysts contacted by Meatingplace expect more records ahead
Vegetables and Pulses Outlook
February 2013 shipment levels for selected fresh vegetables were down 14 percent from the previous year and 11 percent from the previous month. With volumes down, average grower prices for most fresh-market vegetables were up substantially in the first quarter of 2013 compared with depressed prices from the first quarter of 2012. Increases in the fresh vegetable Consumer Price Index (CPI) are also reported. The February 2013 CPI for all fresh vegetables rose 6.3 percent over the previous year.
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