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Tuesday 20th January 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland


Global Analytics


Pesticide Conflict Comes to a Head in 2015

Consumer advocates are fighting a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to address concerns over "inert" ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, in pesticides for non-food use.

They say the proposal, which could become final this year, doesn't go far enough to protect human health and the environment from the ingredients' potential impacts.

Also this week...

Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, told TheCropSite's Sarah Mikesell that McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably.

"We have made a commitment as McDonald's to buy sustainable beef from verified sources in 2016," she said.

"We don't know how much we're going to buy, but we're going to set a goal in 2016 for 2020." Watch the interview here.

While McDonald's vision is to source all sustainable food and products, they are starting with a few specific areas, including beef, coffee, fish and palm oil.

Anand Dossa, NFU Economist, asked if falling oil prices will cheer farmers in 2015.

Since June prices have more than halved and Brent crude oil has now dipped well below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009. 

~ Gemma

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015 Offered Alternative Solutions
Now in its sixth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a fixture of the UK's agricultural calendar, reports Sarah Hulbert.

Crops Can do their Own Weed Control
In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment.

GMOs with Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential
Over the last years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added.

Market Reports

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Global Crop Industry News


Mostly "Good" Ukrainian Winter Crops After Big Export Year


More Efficient Food Systems Needed
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?
Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life
Research Finds Many Key Resources Have Passed Their Peak


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

   United Kingdom

Yield Limitations to be Explored at Farm Meeting
Companion Cropping Investigated
Higher than Expected Maize Imports in November
Renewables Initiative Opens 2015 Programme with Borders Visit
Agri-environmental Schemes Increase Yields as Well as Biodiversity
How Well are Farmers Caring for the Environment?


Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running

   United States

Wrangling Over Pesticide Ingredients Comes to a Head in 2015
Will Falling Oil Prices Cheer Farmers in 2015?
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates
USDA Offers $18 Million to Support, Train New Farmers and Ranchers


Five-point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers
Canadian Governments Invest C$6.9 Million into Crop Research


Israel Extends Agri Cooperation with India
India’s Oilmeal Exports Down by 42 Per Cent

   New Zealand

NZ Agritech Sector Worth NZ$1.2 Billion

   European Union

GM Crops: Greater Control for EU Member States Granted


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