U.S. – China trade talks scheduled for the week of Jan. 7, 2019 aren’t likely to affect Canadian fruit and vegetable growers’ access to crop protection products.
The fact that China is buying American-grown rice signals a slight thaw in relations in the trade war that has hit agriculture hard in the American heartland. If tariffs can be eliminated on other agricultural crops, that’s good news for horticulture too.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) of the United Nations estimates that up to 40 per cent of global food crops, worth USD 220 billion in trade of agricultural products, is lost annually due to plant pests. The campaign for plant health rounds out a decade of attention to biodiversity.
The centre’s facilities and technologies are expected to speed breeding of new varieties of cucumbers up to 25 per cent faster, and reduce gas consumption by up to 48 per cent in Nunhem, the Netherlands.
Quality of irrigation water matters. In the case of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce grown in Arizona last spring, regulators speculate that irrigation canal water used to dilute crop protection products might have contributed to the disaster.