Posts Tagged ‘USDA’

  • Chinese Consumers and Fresh Apples

    Fresh Apple Demand

    Sep 27, 12 • 304 Views • No Comments

    Again we connect to China with an apple but this time it’s the fruit. As incomes rise, so too has fresh fruit consumption in China. In addition to buying pork and owning dogs, consuming pecans and carrying Coach purses, an increasingly affluent Chinese...  [read more]

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    The Good Life…For Cows

    Dec 31, 11 • 228 Views • No Comments

    I suspect that the life of a cow producing organic milk got better last June. For their owners, though, business surely became more complicated. According to a new USDA rule, any milk labeled organic now has to come from a cow that spends much more time in...  [read more]

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    Corn Counters

    Dec 6, 11 • 281 Views • No Comments

    To estimate the size of the corn crop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hires corn counters. Calculating stalk stats and assessing cob size, they observe 15 foot sections in thousands of fields. Add to that weather predictions, yield trends, and...  [read more]

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    Finding Food Deserts

    Jul 18, 11 • 260 Views • No Comments

    Having just learned that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a food desert website, I am not sure how we should respond. The USDA tells us that in a food desert most low-income households have limited access to a supermarket or grocery store. In the...  [read more]