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White House moves to make hiring foreign farmworkers easier

It will be easier if the price of fruits and vegetables was at the right level. Intermediaries take too often confortable margins, modern distribution is price maker and farmers who are price takers don't make enough profit for giving a good salary for workers. So, with an increasing unemployment, you don't see many blue-eyes workers in the strawberry or lettuces fields. We have the same issues in West Europe.  (Dec 12, 2008 | post #1)


'Super chicken' for dinner: FDA to allow genetically engi...

Consumers who don't want to devote for feed a sufficient portion of their income, those who think that food is secondary and should be at the lowest prices or free, are indirect supporters of these manipulations.It is highly likely that these chickens and salmon that are not on the table of the future US Minister of Agriculture.  (Sep 20, 2008 | post #31)


Monsanto Completes Acquisition Of De Ruiter Seeds

Step by step the three geants Monsanto, Dupont Pioneer, Syngenta are controling the world genes. Who will be losers? Farmers?  (Jun 14, 2008 | post #1)


World Bank warns about rising food prices

In the long or medium term is it really possible to significantly increase yields per hectare if one takes into consideration the world decreasing stock in potash resources, phosphoric acid and the increasing cost of nitrogen produced with oil gas? The general model of intensive agriculture dried reserves of fertilizers, if we want to promote sustainable and multifunctional agriculture,we need to modify our food diet more plants and less meat products. The general uses of leguminous in the crop rotation and diet could have a significant effect in the world food security.  (May 20, 2008 | post #1)


Pioneer invests in online grain marketing service

American grain agents, it will be interesting to known your point of view about this online marketing service: Farmers, Private grain collectors,co-op, it efficient?, it by-pass the traditionnal circuit of grain, who gain the add-value? are you in favor or upset? Amerique has an advance time. I think next year it will appear in Europe. Thank you  (Apr 20, 2008 | post #1)


Environmentalists praise moratorium on growing soy in Brazil

If we (and other consumers in developping countries as China, India...)continue to increase consumption of meat at the expense of the plants will continue to contribute to the destruction of forests  (Apr 4, 2008 | post #1)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

No ban on genetically modified coffee

Don't forget that a customer pay for the product characteristics plus for its image, if you delete its image the price go down and so the farmer revenue  (Mar 26, 2008 | post #11)


Rebellious Mood in Rural Zimbabwe

History shows us that land reform doesn't work. When it occurs in Peru, Algeria, Portugal... the food production collapses, food chain is disorganized and countries which was exporters become importers. Without knowledge and skill the new farmers make a lot of errors. The human capital is essential for a sustainable supply of food and experimented farmers have.  (Mar 26, 2008 | post #1)


Is agriculture a dying industry?

The exchange of goods like fruits must be linked with the comparative advantages that a country has. Florida has natural comparative advantages with its tropical climate, good soil and a constructed advantage with the well organized citrus chain. So, Florida should gain market shares. But the economic laws are bypassed by dumping: economic dumping (subsidies), social dumping (weak social law), environmental dumping (no respect of the environment), exchange dumping (currency rate favorable) and sometimes food security dumping with forbidden pesticide uses. This alchimy now, is the basis of the global market share.  (Feb 19, 2008 | post #1)


WTO rules for US against EU on bananas

The WTO obligation will leads to a new situation: First: West Indies farmers will quit because they can't compete with large farms, agribusiness companies and low cost labor in South America. The land will become idle land or converted for lucrative illegal productions. Second: the countries like Ecuador will develop their banana crops. In exchange of market opening, the price of their staple food will go down with importations from Brazil, US... Indian farmers who grow corn, barley, potatoes, wheat, beans often between 2000 and 4000 meters above the sea level in harsh condition, don't know what is WTO,will lost their revenue and become workers in big agribusiness farms and companies. It's the world that international experts desire.  (Feb 8, 2008 | post #1)

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professor of economics


44390 Casson France