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Chickens culled as Brazil truckers disrupt commodity exports

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Striking truckers in Brazil have disrupted supply and exports of farm produce from one of the world’s agricultural commodity powerhouses. Brazil is the top global exporter of soybeans, sugar, coffee and chickens. The strike over high fuel prices has paralyzed Latin America’s largest economy, emptied Brazilian roadways and left major

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Honeybees’ attraction to fungicide ‘unsettling’

London | Thomson Reuters Foundation — Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with “unsettling implications” for global food production, a U.S. scientist said on Tuesday. Tests carried out by a team from the University of Illinois showed bees preferred to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone.


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From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Chicago/New York | Reuters — Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the south and southeastern parts of the U.S. on Wednesday. Florida sugar and citrus processors rushed to secure rail cars and equipment that could be crushed, blocked or turned into flying projectiles.

Every artificial sweetener is different,
with different properties.

What’s in artificial sweetener packets?

Artificial sweeteners can help cut calories but too much can have side-effects

What kind of sweetener would you like?” my husband asked me. “I’ll have a blue packet,” I said. He handed me the small packet. I ripped it open and added half of it to my coffee cup. He took a pink packet. We were eating in a restaurant. I’m not sure why we always add

Dave Park, Sarnia-area farmer and president of the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative stands in front of one of the bale accumulators that will be used by the co-op.  Photo: John Greig

Cellulosic sugar co-op looking for farmer investors

The Ontario-based Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative is now ready to sign up farmers to supply 55,000 acres of wheat straw and corn stover to a new plant the co-op will partly own in Sarnia, Ont. The co-op will be supplying the biomass to a proposed $70 million Comet Biorefining plant to be built in Sarnia.


A farmer works in his sugar cane field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India February 28, 2015.

Sweet paradox: India’s drought-stricken farmers plant thirstiest crop

Erratic prices for vegetables, oilseeds and pulses limit the incentive for farmers to plant them

Despite pleas from the government not to, Indian farmers like Santosh Wagh went right back to planting sugar cane as soon as the first nourishing monsoon rains brought water to his drought-stricken region of central India. For growers like Wagh, a 35-year-old from the Marathwada region in the west of India’s Maharashtra state, sugar cane

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Revisions in the works for Canada’s Food Guide

Health Canada is planning changes to one of its key policy documents to reflect how Canadians’ diets are generally coming up short in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk alternatives. At the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Montreal on Monday, the federal health department launched a 45-day public consultation on changes to Canada’s Food Guide,



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McDonald’s to remove corn syrup from buns

Reuters — McDonald’s Corp. will replace corn syrup in hamburger buns with sugar this month and has removed antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its chicken months ahead of schedule, it said Monday, moves that are part of its drive to target increasingly health-conscious consumers. The fast food company also said it eliminated