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Who’s Vying for a Seat at the Dinner Table?

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Touch the Soil News #621 While the obvious answer to the question is everyone, the secondary answer is the nation in which you might live. Almost 60 percent of the world’s peoples live in just 10 nations. Can you guess them? Global food trade is the amount of food that nations with food to sell export to nations that need to import food. In a nutshell, that is almost every nation in the world. Even the USA – considered by many as a powerhouse of agricultural production – imports more than $100 billion a year in food. Today, when we think of international trade, the hot topic is imported cars…

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Global Food – Can Be a Real Porker

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Touch the Soil News #479 A few days ago, in news piece #473, we wrote about domino effects in the food chain. Recently, Rabobank, the world’s largest agricultural bank headquartered in the Netherlands reported on the domino effects of the pork industry. Unlike other banks, Rabobank is partly a cooperative. The bank has almost 9 million clients (mostly ag) around the world and a fair presence in the United States. Rabobank reported a rather amazing set of dominos falling around the world: Mexico is the largest customer of U.S. pork, with U.S. pork exports to Mexico growing by 10 percent a year. Mexico’s pork production has been stunted due to…

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