Food safety is our business

Horns of a Dilemma #5

Horns of a dilemma #5:  Worldwide demonstrations drawing attention to the need for bold action in confronting climate change but for farmers, the shepherds of a sustainable earth, weak support for mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Rewards for Good Ag Practices?

How about crop insurers–public and private–discounting premiums for farmers observing good ag practices that result in the reduction of GHG emissions. Maybe this simple solution can work?

Bowing out of TPP

Remember TPP?  We bowed out and here’s an example of what follows–Japan’s preferential tariffs for Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Japan-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

All’s Well in the World

Paris agreement carbon reduction targets fully met; global food safety compliance in effect———- April Fools!

Horns of a Dilemma #4

Horns of a dilemma #4: GFSF Chairman, Gilmore: “AFS (African Swine Fever) contagion in China and lately in Vietnam poses serious threats to consumers and to the global supply chain.  Customs and Border confiscations work, but stepped up FDA/SAMR (China) collaboration on site would be better.”

Horns of a Dilemma #3

Horns of a dilemma #3: Expectations of China’s imminent renewed heavy purchasing of US commodities vs Perdue U. Ag Economy Barometer shows US ag farmers’ declining optimism for US commodity prices and economy.

Horns of a Dilemma 3/4

This week’s horns of a dilemma: new breakthroughs in ag technologies while US ag bankruptcies and debt loads climbing, export markets in jeopardy, and policy resistance to climate change risk mitigation and adaptation needs.

Mercantilism Holding Sway

Food imports into UK would face tariffs absent Brexit deal; steel tariffs loom large for USMCA ratification; Sino-US trade uncertainties! Mercantilism is holding sway.

Horns of a Dilemma

Today’s horns of a dilemma (to be posted every week):  Average GDP growth 2013-’17 for following African countries: Ghana—6.08%, Ivory Coast: 11%, Cameroon-5.41%, and Nigeria-2.81% but GHG emissions were higher, 1990-2012: Ghana—23.02%;  Ivory  Coast—11.99%; Nigeria—60.49%; and Cameroon—12.37%