China opens door to Canadian tallow

Banned after BSE discovered | Deal could be worth more than $110 million for Canada

China has agreed to accept Canadian tallow, the first stage toward broader access for beef products banned since 2003. The announcement came Feb. 8 during a Canadian trade mission to China that included prime minister Stephen Harper and a large contingent of agricultural representatives. The CanadianCattlemens Association says total tallow and beef exports could exceed […] Read more


Pro-trade position advocated for beef

South Korea opens border to beef | Canada could become one of six countries to export more food than it imports

SASKATOON — The re-opening of South Korea to Canadian beef took the spotlight last week, but other markets remain priorities for organizations working to export more meat and earn more money for producers. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Travis Toews said Canada could soon be one of six countries to export more food than it imports. […] Read more


Meatless Monday initiative won’t affect global warming

Meatless Monday is a toothless tiger but that hasn’t stopped this promotion from clawing at animal agriculture. The Meatless Monday initiative, which began in about 2002 and seems to be steadily gaining supporters, encourages people to eliminate meat from their diets for one day each week as a way to protect the environment and reduce […] Read more



Accused bomber has rural roots

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian investors are looking to expand agricultural investments in the United States to secure long-term food supplies because of water shortages in the desert kingdom. Investments could include buying crop land, obtaining long-term land leases of 30 years or more, taking equity stakes in major food companies or contracting directly […] Read more


Saudi Arabia seeks foreign investment for food

EU votes to ban food from cloned sources BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) – The environment committee of the European Parliament has voted to exclude food obtained from cloned animals citing health and safety concerns. The lawmakers rejected a proposal from European Union member countries to include food produced from cloned animals in a list of approved […] Read more



OTA levels in wheat would be too high under proposed standard

Chinese crops slow BEIJING, China (Reuters) – Adverse weather has hit China’s wheat and rapeseed crops and slowed plantings of corn and soybeans in some areas, although these problems are so far seen as having only a small impact. Lower-than-normal temperatures this spring have hurt China’s winter wheat crop in the north while heavy mid-April […] Read more


World in brief – for Mar. 11, 2010

Canadian inspectors sent to Mexico MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – Canada has agreed to send a team of meat inspectors to five Mexican meat packing plants in June, which could allow Mexico to begin exporting beef to Canada. Canada will also join talks between Mexico and the United States aimed at formulating rules that would […] Read more


Agriculture may be hit in upcoming EU budget

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (Reuters) – The need to tackle massive budget deficits looks set to result in agricultural spending cuts by the British government and the European Union. “Make no mistake about it, the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) will not remain unchanged,” Hilary Benn, the cabinet minister responsible for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural […] Read more



Australia, China to resume free trade talks

CANBERRA, Aus. (Reuters) – Australia and China have resumed free trade after a delay of more than a year. Australia says the move proves the two countries’ trading relationship had not been hurt by the arrest of Rio Tinto mining executive Stern Hu. Relations between Australia and China plummeted in June 2009 over a failed […] Read more


Danish firm launches enzymes for plant biofuel

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Algeria, an important buyer of Canadian durum, plans to cut its wheat imports by at least two-thirds by 2014 and boost domestic production to fill the gap. “We have a five-year plan to cut imports and encourage farmers to produce more wheat,” said agriculture minister Rachid Benaissa. He expects the […] Read more