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China makes biggest US soybean purchases since June (269)  2019-09-20
Privately run Chinese firms on Thursday bought at least 10 boatloads of US soybeans on Thursday, the nation’s most significant purchases since at least June, traders said, ahead of high-level talks next month aimed at ending a bilateral trade war that has lasted more than a year. The so..
U.S. Cattle production sustainability (28)  2019-08-26
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Breakdown in the U.S. According to the U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, 2% of U.S. emissions come directly from beef cattle [1](methane from cattle belches, methane and nitrous oxide from manure). Total direct emissions from all agricultural prod..
Global: We must not barter the Amazon rainforest for burgers and steaks (387)  2019-07-09
European leaders have thrown the Amazon rainforest under a Volkswagen bus in a massive cows-for-cars trade deal with Brazil and three other South American nations. The EU-Mercosur agreement – the largest in Europe’s history, according to officials – will make it cheaper for ..
Global: The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation (452)  2019-07-09 (1949)
Like other vegetable and animal fats, palm oil follows food-supply trends that have been well documented since the 18th century. For example, in France the calorie intake per capita peaked around 1900 and has since been stable.  While the total caloric intake in France has levelled off, ..