Staple foods http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27929/all en Venezuela supermarket scramble mixes dearth with gourmet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/venezuela-supermarket-scramble-mixes-dearth-gourmet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Staple foods go scarce, luxury goods easy to find</p> <p>* Price controls, panic purchases leave some shelves bare</p> <p>* Government says merchants hoarding food to destabilize</p> <p>By Brian Ellsworth</p> <p>CARACAS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A supermarket in a posh district of Caracas is barren of wheat flour but well stocked with gourmet cream-filled sweetbread imported from Italy. Sugar is nowhere to be found, but sweeteners such as Equal and Splenda take its place on shelves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/venezuela-supermarket-scramble-mixes-dearth-gourmet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cuisine Food and drink Social Issues Staple foods Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:45:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739477 at http://www.globalpost.com Gates and Slim inaugurate bioscience center in Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/gates-and-slim-inaugurate-bioscience-center-mexico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Texcoco, Mexico, Feb 14 (EFE).- Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, who control the world's two largest fortunes, inaugurated a bioscience center in Mexico that will conduct research to improve wheat and corn seeds to fight hunger.</p> <p>"Of the three principal crops with which we feed ourselves, rice, wheat and corn, the key work on two of them is done here and it's fantastic to see the renovation that has taken place here," Bill Gates said during Wednesday's inauguration ceremony.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/gates-and-slim-inaugurate-bioscience-center-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Food and drink Hospitality Staple foods Technology Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:27:14 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767293 at http://www.globalpost.com Food price rises put restive Egypt on edge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130313/food-price-rises-put-restive-egypt-edge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry</p> <p>CAIRO (Reuters) - YDBWith croissants, baguettes and bagels spilling off metal trolleys at the bakery where Mohammed Alif works in central Cairo, food is not scarce, but profits certainly are.</p> <p>The Egyptian pound has lost more than 8 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since the end of December as concern deepens about the state of the economy, which is being undermined by political instability and rioting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130313/food-price-rises-put-restive-egypt-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economics Energy crops Staple foods Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:15:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5782375 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy asks EU to halt GM maize cultivation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/italy-asks-eu-halt-gm-maize-cultivation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Italian government has asked the European Commission not to renew authorisation of a key genetically-modified corn, according to a letter seen by AFP on Thursday.</p> <p>The product is US agri-giant Monsanto's MON 810 maize, one of only two GM products cleared to be grown in Europe along with German conglomerate BASF's Amflora potato.</p> <p>Renewal of the maize licence is currently on hold due to hostility or reticence by a string of European Union states.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/italy-asks-eu-halt-gm-maize-cultivation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Food and drink Staple foods AFP Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:00:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801690 at http://www.globalpost.com Banana fiber-making industry augments income of Davao del Norte farmers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/banana-fiber-making-industry-augments-income-of-davao-del-norte-farmers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> What is commonly regarded as farm waste is yielding huge income for banana farmers in this town.</p><P>Banana stalk, or in particular the pseudostem, is a good source of silk grade fiber, which currently has a huge demand in Japan as high as five tons per month.</p><P>"Since we have steady income as banana fruit contract growers, we disregard the use of its trunk [pseudostem] and just allow it to rot in our plantation," said Avito Magdalaga, chair of Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MARBCo).</p><P>Elmer Degorio, municipal agriculture officer said they had long been convin</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/banana-fiber-making-industry-augments-income-of-davao-del-norte-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Food and drink Social Issues Staple foods Technology Tropical agriculture Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:09:34 +0000 Asianet 5806782 at http://www.globalpost.com Guimaras eyes sweet potato for global market http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/guimaras-eyes-sweet-potato-global-market <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas is leveling up into a scenic island of not just mangoes but also potential agricultural products for international markets.</p><P>Atty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/guimaras-eyes-sweet-potato-global-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Food and drink Staple foods Technology Tubers Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:49:27 +0000 Asianet 5812256 at http://www.globalpost.com Benguet maintains over 2,000 metric tons of daily vegetable harvest despite summer heat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/benguet-maintains-over-2000-metric-tons-daily-vegetable-harvest-despite <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Benguet provincial agriculturist Lolita Bentrez Friday said despite the hot summer weather, local farmers have maintained a daily harvest average of more than 2,000 metric tons of vegetables and root crops.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/benguet-maintains-over-2000-metric-tons-daily-vegetable-harvest-despite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Food and drink Politics Staple foods Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:17:44 +0000 Asianet 5814411 at http://www.globalpost.com Alliance Grain Traders reports best quarter since market soured in 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130513/alliance-grain-traders-reports-best-quarter-market-soured-20 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>REGINA - Alliance Grain Traders Inc. (TSX:AGT) says it has benefited from an improvement in market conditions that began in late 2012 and continued into the first quarter of this year.</p> <p>The Regina-based company, which sells lentils, peas, chickpeas and other specialty foods, reported Monday a loss of $380,000 or two cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 on $276.4 million of revenue. </p> <p>The results compared with a profit of $2.8 million or 14 cents per share a year ago on $197.4 million in revenue.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130513/alliance-grain-traders-reports-best-quarter-market-soured-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Food and drink Pulse Staple foods The Canadian Press Mon, 13 May 2013 17:38:28 +0000 The Canadian Press 5836819 at http://www.globalpost.com Wheat and oat futures fall, while corn and soybean futures rise on the CBOT http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130517/wheat-and-oat-futures-fall-while-corn-and-soybean-futures-ri <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CHICAGO - Grains futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.</p> <p>Wheat for July delivery fell 4.5 cents to $6.8325 a bushel; July corn rose 11.25 cents to $6.5275 a bushel; July oats slipped 2.25 cents to $3.755 a bushel; while July soybeans jumped 21 cents to $14.485 a bushel.</p> <p>Beef and pork prices fell on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.</p> <p>June live cattle fell 0.50 cent to $1.1940 a pound; August feeder cattle fell 1.75 cent to $1.4337 a pound; June lean hogs fell 1.35 cent to 91.52 cents a pound.</p> Agriculture Food and drink Staple foods The Canadian Press Fri, 17 May 2013 20:47:06 +0000 The Canadian Press 5840551 at http://www.globalpost.com UN backs cassava as future global crop http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/un-backs-cassava-future-global-crop <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cassava has huge potential and could turn from "a poor people's food into a 21st century crop" if grown according to a new environmentally-friendly farming model, the UN food agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report that global cassava output has increased by 60 percent since 2000 and that yields could be boosted by up to 400 percent.</p> <p>Cassava has "huge potential", the FAO said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/un-backs-cassava-future-global-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Environment Food and drink Hospitality Staple foods United Nations AFP Tue, 28 May 2013 13:15:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847393 at http://www.globalpost.com Wheat, corn and soybean futures fall on the CBOT; pork prices rise http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130530/wheat-corn-and-soybean-futures-fall-the-cbot-pork-prices-ris <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CHICAGO - Grains futures mostly fell Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.</p> <p>Wheat for July delivery fell 4 cents to $6.9875 a bushel; July corn fell 10.75 cents to $6.5425 a bushel; July oats rose 5 cents to $3.68 a bushel; while July soybeans fell 6 cents to $14.9575 a bushel.</p> <p>Beef fell, while pork prices rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.</p> <p>June live cattle fell 1.02 cent to $1.2035 a pound; August feeder cattle fell 1.45 cent to $1.4417 a pound; June lean hogs added 0.60 cent to 95.32 cents a pound.</p> Agriculture Food and drink Staple foods The Canadian Press Thu, 30 May 2013 21:30:46 +0000 The Canadian Press 5849080 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korean millers suspend U.S. wheat imports as GM concerns fester http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130531/south-korean-millers-suspend-us-wheat-imports-gm-concerns-feste <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Meeyoung Cho</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean millers suspended imports of U.S. wheat on Friday and some Asian countries stepped up inspections after the discovery of an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat in the United States, but stopped short of imposing import bans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130531/south-korean-millers-suspend-us-wheat-imports-gm-concerns-feste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy crops Food and drink Staple foods Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 31 May 2013 13:31:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5849433 at http://www.globalpost.com Watchdog: No unapproved genetically modified substances found in U.S. wheat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130605/watchdog-no-unapproved-genetically-modified-substances-found <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's food watchdog said Wednesday that it has found no unapproved genetically modified wheat and flour in shipments from the U.S. state of Oregon.</p> <p>The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety made the announcement after inspecting a 1-kilogram sample from each shipment of U.S. wheat and flour being stored by South Korean importers and milling companies.</p> <p>The move comes days after the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed unapproved genetically modified wheat had been found in an Oregon field.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130605/watchdog-no-unapproved-genetically-modified-substances-found" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Environment Food and drink Health Labor Social Issues Staple foods Weather Wheat Yonhap News Agency Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:13:12 +0000 Yonhap News Agency 5851557 at http://www.globalpost.com Argentine bread price rise from wheat shortage leads government to consider suspending exports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130625/argentine-bread-price-rise-wheat-shortage-leads-government-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The worst wheat harvest in Argentina's history is causing a bread shortage.</p> <p>Wheat is more valued than ever at bakeries in the South American country, where the government is now evaluating whether to suspend exports. The cost of bread has more than doubled in the last month to almost $4 per kilogram.</p> <p>Argentina's 2012-13 wheat production fell to 9 million metric tons. That was down from 14 million tons a year earlier.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130625/argentine-bread-price-rise-wheat-shortage-leads-government-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Crops Energy crops Staple foods The Canadian Press Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:03:07 +0000 The Canadian Press 5867509 at http://www.globalpost.com Teen from Turkey turns bananas into plastic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/teen-turkey-turns-bananas-plastic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>There's nothing slippery about Elif Bilgin's idea of using banana peels as a substitute for old-school petroleum-based plastics.</p> <p>The 16-year-old student from Istanbul spent two years perfecting a way to make a bioplastic out of discarded banana peels that could, in turn, be used for the electrical insulation of cables.</p> <p>On Thursday, her efforts paid off when Scientific American named her the winner of its $50,000 Science in Action prize, a stepping stone to the Google Science Fair for young inventors in California this September.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/teen-turkey-turns-bananas-plastic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Food and drink Staple foods Technology AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:35:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5869749 at http://www.globalpost.com