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Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide can block plants' absorption of nitrates, leading to foods and crops with a reduced nutritional quality, new field trials have found.

COMMODITY REPORTS: FAO

FAO: 2014 wheat production to drop amid record cereal trading

There are large supplies of cereal and record trade levels set for 2014, but world wheat production will drop by 2%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer’s mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says...

Ukraine crisis: Continued political unrest could hit wheat market

Continued unrest in the Ukraine – the breadbasket of Europe – could cause the country's wheat prices to rise and harm exports, warn analysts.

Animal feed industry gets a new website

A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.

Two-thirds of EU states reject approval of GM maize – but it’s not over yet

A majority of EU member states voted against approving a genetically modified (GM) maize variety for cultivation in Europe at a Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday – but the...

Spending spree: Saved grain dollars should go into R&D

Strong global wheat stocks and weaker prices have given bakers breathing space to innovate and manufacturers should continue investing in R&D in 2014 too, a commodities analyst says.

COMMODITY REPORTS: AHDB

Wheat woes over? UK exports and lower prices to return

Two years on from the disastrous UK wheat harvest, wheat processors and bakers should see the market return to healthy yields and prices, according to a cereals analyst.

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Understanding key commodities: Wheat buying tips for European bakers

European bakers should carefully monitor global growing conditions as the trends in major producing and exporting countries are a predominant influence on prices.

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Unilever joins with Solidaridad to tackle sustainable sugar cane challenge

Food manufacturing giant Unilever will work with international non-profit Solidaridad to drive the sustainable development of the sugar cane industry in Central America.

Canadian wheat imports to UK up 50%

Poor UK harvests and a deregulation of Canada’s grain market has meant that Canadian wheat sales to the UK have increased by 50%, but the UK industry says that need...

RAN: Kellogg cannot deflect palm oil heat onto supplier

Kellogg cannot shirk its palm oil responsibility by deflecting attention to its supplier, says RAN following a statement from Kellogg calling for productive talks between its supplier Wilmar and the...

Sustainable sorghum: USAID funds scientific project to develop hybrids

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $4.98m to a project working with new genomics tools to develop drought and heat-tolerant sorghum hybrids and promote sustainable farming in...

British oat prices plunge 40%

The price of British oats has plummeted after the largest crop since the late 1970s; good news for manufacturers, a grains analyst says.

Rust-resistant wheat strain to strengthen Kenya’s market: FAO

Wheat strains resistant to rust damage should improve the quality of Kenyan wheat and also reduce the country’s dependence on imports, the Food and Agriculture Organization says.

COMMODITY REPORTS: AHDB

On the up: Dry harvest means British wheat quality back on track

The latest wheat harvest in Britain is of good quality which should spell less need for manufacturers to import, a cereals analyst says.

US drought fears cause grain price spike

Grain prices have begun to rise sharply as growing fears of a US drought cause concerns over yields.

COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

Rising global wheat supplies reduce prices and support consumption growth, says USDA

Global wheat prices are down and increased consumption catered for thanks to strong supplies and increased production in most countries, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

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European Commission clears ADM-GrainCorp deal

The European Commission has cleared ADM’s acquisition of GrainCorp for A$3.4bn, the sixth global regulatory body to do so.

COMMODITY REPORTS: FAO

FAO: Wheat and maize recovery to stabilize commodities

Commodities will stabilize thanks to historic highs forecast for global cereal production fueled by improved wheat and maize markets, says the FAO.

Tate & Lyle Sugars slams Guardian over Cambodian sugar sourcing allegations

ASR Group-owned Tate & Lyle Sugars is considering legal action against The Guardian newspaper over a story published this week accusing the sugar giant of working with a Cambodian supplier that employed...

Opinion: Food Security Bill

Forget about the middleman, embrace the middle-ground

A new deal and a fresh start: that’s how the Indian government should approach the landmark ordinance that will be the new Food Security Law.

Analysis: GrainCorp takeover

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

Now the ACCC, Australia’s anti-trust commission, has given the green light to ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, foreign interests will control all major grain handling facilities and grain ports in...

ADM's GrainCorp takeover in shareholders' hands

GrainCorp’s board of directors has recommended that its shareholders accept the A$3.4bn (US$3.16bn) takeover bid from Archer Daniel Midland in the absence of a superior offer.

EU reaches deal on CAP reform

European institutions reached a deal on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Wednesday, including a compromise that will end sugar quotas by 2017.

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