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France open to phasing out glyphosate

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — France is open to phasing out common weedkiller glyphosate, the government said on Monday, following complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe reiterated Paris would vote against the European Commission’s proposal to extend for 10 years the licence for glyphosate, which is used in Monsanto’s […] Read more

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French farmers fume as government rejigs EU subsidies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris / Reuters – French farm unions cried foul over a government decision on Thursday to use part of European Union direct payments linked to output to finance rural development projects such as fast growing organic farming. The decision comes just days after France launched wide debate on the future of the food sector, aiming to […] Read more


France’s Roquette bets on pea protein with Manitoba plant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette will build the world’s largest pea protein facility in Manitoba to meet fast-growing demand for vegetable protein in food and pharmaceutical products in North America, the group said Wednesday. The global pea protein market has seen a sharp rise in recent years, mainly driven by increasing […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Wheat rises for a second day on short-covering

Reading Time: 2 minutes Singapore/Paris | Reuters, 7:01 a.m. CT –– Chicago wheat futures prices rose for a second session on Friday with short-covering ahead of the Labour Day holiday weekend supporting prices, although the trend was set for a second week of declines amid plentiful world supplies. Corn was up for a second day, recovering from a multi-year […] Read more

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Corn, wheat prices seen hitting 10-year lows in 2016

Reading Time: 2 minutes Geneva | Reuters — Hefty supplies, large expected crops and poor U.S. exports will weigh on grain prices later this year with corn and wheat set to drop to 10-year lows as harvest nears, consultancy AgResource said Friday. In its first 2016 price forecast, the U.S.-based consultancy forecast Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) December corn […] Read more

Ontario’s Trade Minister Michael Chan and Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal check out Ontario VQA wine on sale at a BHG grocery store in Beijing on April 18. (Ontario.ca)

China’s wine growers beat France into second place

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — China overtook France last year as the world’s second largest wine grower by area under cultivation as it continued to plant vast fields of mostly imported grape vines to meet growing demand. The world’s second largest economy, which since 2013 consumes more red wine than any other country, has more than […] Read more

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Feed ingredient unlikely to spread PED, experts say

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago/Paris | Reuters — The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures. Multiple studies suggest spray-dried porcine plasma, a supplement containing pigs’ blood that is fed to piglets, is not a […] Read more