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The Food Domino Effect

Touch the Soil News #473 Hitting the news recently is a classic example of a food domino effect. Destabilizing effects in the “pork” food chain have created a domino effect between the United Kingdom, China and even the United States as they are all connected to the “pork” food chain. The world’s food chain – hinged together by the financial world – did not historically behave like standing dominoes at risk of being pushed over. Following are some of the reasons why the risk of a food domino effect is so high today: Corporate financial wizardry embraces “just in time” inventories. This means grocery stores and entire cities bring in…

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The Enormous Pig Factor

Touch the Soil News #241 Population is becoming a popular topic – particularly as relates to food. Sometimes the oddest of events can rock the food chain – and impact the population clinging to it. Recently, low pork prices in China resulted in millions of breeding sows heading to the butcher . From 2014 to 2015, the number of producing pig sows in China dropped by 7.5 million. For perspective, the U.S. sow herd is around 6 million head. Some global food analysts expect pork prices to increase so pork producers step up to the plate and bring on more sows. Global pork production stands at around 112 million tons…

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