Category: Agriculture

Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

| 29/03/2013 | Reply
Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

A London-listed company which owns swaths of the world’s most fertile farmland in the Ukraine and Poland was snapped up yesterday by a consortium of Saudi Arabian investors for £61.5m.

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Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

| 18/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar sees gelatine from fish as one of the new products that is in-demand. Their representative said there is a potential growth for this market especially in medicine. The diplomat stressed that Qatar is investing heavily in agriculture and food production.

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EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared “untimely” by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.

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UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

Gulfood 2013 was opened on Monday in Dubai with the participation of 110 countries participating, representing food producers, manufacturers and suppliers from their respective countries in a show to facilitate billions of dollars in trade for these states.

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USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time.

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UK: Halal research commissioned

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal research commissioned

EBLEX’s research – due to take place during March – will look at issues surrounding the trade, including how and where Muslim consumers shop for meat, which species and cuts they buy most frequently and what influences the decision of where to shop.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

OVER the last decade, as populations have grown, capital has flowed across borders and crop yields have leveled off, food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture. Poor governments have embraced these deals.

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UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

| 06/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

The results of industry tests will be published “to provide a clearer picture of standards”, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said after a meeting attended by food and farming minister David Heath, and major food retailers and suppliers yesterday.

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UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

The Halal meat market is a multi-million pound contributor to the British economy. Abattoirs, butchers, processors and retailers can’t afford to overlook it. Eblex has commissioned new research, which will follow on from a comprehensive publication it put out in 2010 by them.

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Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

| 17/01/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes”, but ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.

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Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

Qatar National Food Security Programme unveils infotech display unit at Qatar sustainability expo. Also the Filaha Project demonstrated historical and traditional farming methods, agricultural practices from sustained communities of the MENA region

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UAE moves to certify organic food

| 22/11/2012 | 1 Reply
UAE moves to certify organic food

Organic farms in the UAE and imported organic foods are being certified by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) for the first time. 17 farms in the UAE have already been certified and others are under process.

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UK: European Halal Food Park, Banham, Norfolk – Nov & Dec Courses

| 14/11/2012 | Reply
UK: European Halal Food Park, Banham, Norfolk – Nov & Dec Courses

The government has no plans to ban religious slaughter of animals. However, changes to all rules on welfare at slaughter will be required when a new EU Regulation on welfare at the time of killing comes into effect in January 2013.

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Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

With food security becoming an increasingly important issue globally, and in the arid Middle East in particular, Dubai appears to have positioned itself to play an important role in meeting the most basic needs of the region.

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Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

Saudi Agriculture 2012, the 31st International Agriculture, Water and Agro-Industry Show, set on Sept. 24-27, 2012 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Saudi Arabia’s Halal food market alone valued at around $6 billion.

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

| 10/09/2012 | 2 Replies
It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

Over 10 billion animals are killed for food every year in the USA. The majority of them do not lead natural lives; they are raised, killed and processed with more of an eye on the bottom line than on the animal’s welfare. Isn’t it time we started asking ourselves how the animal lived, not just how it died?

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USA: Organic, conventional foods similar in nutrition, safety, study finds

| 04/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Organic, conventional foods similar in nutrition, safety, study finds

Stanford University culled the scientific literature for research into the health benefits and risk of contamination among organic and conventional produce and meats, from 17 human studies and 223 evaluations of nutrient and contaminant levels.

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Making a killing out of a food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Making a killing out of a food crisis

The United Nations, aid agencies and the British Government have lined up to attack the world’s largest commodities trading company, Glencore, after it described the current global food crisis and soaring world prices as a “good” business opportunity.

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