South America

Post image for Davis Breeder to Talk Changing Bee Industry in Argentina

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey will deliver the keynote address at the beekeeping technology symposium on Production of Live Material at the 42nd Annual Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress, set Sept. 21-25 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cobey, who has a dual appointment at UC Davis, and Washington State University, will speak Friday, Sept. 23 on “Changes and [...]

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Post image for Brazil Government: Change In Gasoline Mix To Free Up Ethanol Supply

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- By reducing the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said Friday it hopes sugarcane mills will increase output of pure alcohol fuel, prices of which have soared this year and contributed to high inflation. Gasoline at Brazilian fueling stations currently contains 25% anhydrous ethanol, but that percentage will [...]

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Post image for Mango Production Increases in Peru

Production of mangoes in Peru will reach approximately 180,000 tonnes from  2011 to 2012, according to the president of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (EMPA), Mario Salazar. He said that in the last two seasons domestic production fluctuated between 200 thousand and 250 thousand tons, which meant an overage in production for the [...]

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Post image for Changing Economy Helping Florida Citrus Growers Catch Up to Brazilians

HAINES CITY | Brazil’s booming economy makes it an up-and-coming player in the global marketplace, but its citrus industry is being left behind. The changing global economy is making Florida citrus more competitive with its longtime rival, said Tom Spreen, an agricultural economist at the University of Florida in Gainesville and an authority on the [...]

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Post image for Argentina launches fruit assistance fund in Rio Negro

Fruit growers in the Argentine province of Río Negro will now have access to ARS77 million (US$18.45 million) in assistance funding that has been granted by Federal and Provincial governments, website Telam.com.ar reported. The announcement was made by Minister for the Economy Amado Boudou yesterday, following a meeting with various ministers and authorities, Río Negro [...]

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Post image for Brazilian Companies Study Feasibility of Renewable Jet Fuel From Sugar Cane

If this Brazilian feasibility analysis works out as planned, jet fuel might move over to the sweeter and greener side of the environmental ledger. Two aircraft manufacturers – Boeing and Embraer S.A. – have joined with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in announcing they will jointly fund a sustainability analysis of renewable jet biofuel made [...]

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Post image for Who Controls Our Seed And Therefore, Our Food And Farming?

Increasingly, big corporations are taking control over Seed! 64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means [...]

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Post image for Brazil Sets New Record in the Adoption of Transgenic Crops

A study by Celeres indicates that 82.7% of the area for soybeans, 64.9% of the area for corn and 39.7% of the area for cotton will be using GM seeds; the Central-Western region is now leading in the size of the area planted with GM soybeans. SAO PAULO, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The area [...]

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Post image for Opinion: South American exports meet U.S. food safety ‘gold standard’

Christopher Columbus put South America on the fruit export map in the 1400’s with the introduction of pineapples to Spain, while in the 19th century the continent’s first avocadoes were introduced in the U.S. Fast forward to 2011 and South America continues to play an important role in supplying the world, particularly the U.S., with [...]

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Post image for Global Partnerships and Sustainable Harvest Partner to Help Latin American Coffee Growers Succeed

Global Partnerships, a Seattle-based nonprofit investor, and Sustainable Harvest, a Portland-based specialty coffee importer, announced today that they have collaborated on an innovative loan product to two fair-trade coffee cooperatives in Mexico and Peru. The loans, which were made by Global Partnerships and fully secured by coffee sales contracts from Sustainable Harvest, are helping provide [...]

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Post image for Growing Water Deficit Threatening Grain Harvests

Analysis by Lester R. Brown WASHINGTON, Jul 20, 2011 (IPS) – Many countries are facing dangerous water shortages. As world demand for food has soared, millions of farmers have drilled too many irrigation wells in efforts to expand their harvests. As a result, water tables are falling and wells are going dry in some 20 [...]

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Post image for FRUITTRADE gears up for 9th edition

The annual business roundtable offers an opportunity to do business with members of the Chilean fresh fruit and vegetable industry FRUITTRADE 2011 – the International Business Roundtable – takes place on 28-29 September alongside the National Fruit Growers’ Convention in Santiago, Chile. Organised by Fedefruta (the Fruit Growers’ Federation of Chile) in conjunction with ProChile [...]

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Post image for Bolivia to Fight Food Shortage with Non-GMO Seeds

State-owned farms and companies will provide non-genetically modified seeds and fertilizers to the people of Bolivia, says a new law signed into effect by Bolivian president, Evo Morales. In what Morales is calling a “food revolution,” over the course of the next decade, the government will invest $5 billion, mostly in supporting small-scale farmers and [...]

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Post image for Chile seeks more European investment and technology for the food industry

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, Alvaro Cruzat, filed June 23 in Brussels promoting partnerships between SMEs in the European Union (EU) and his country to stimulate investment and technology development of European Chilean agro-food sector. “We want Chile to be an investment platform for Europe,” he said in a telephone interview Cruzat [...]

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