Day: August 1, 2014
Three of Asia’s leading agro-businesses have joined iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest in what he described today as an “unprecedented” 100-year partnership to position Australia as China’s food bowl.
Forrest said China’s New Hope Group and COFCO Corp, and Singapore-listed Wilmar International, had joined the Australia-Sino 100-Year Agricultural and Food Safety Partnership, known as ASA 100.
The partnership aims to make Australia China’s “most reliable” supplier of agricultural products over the next century, said billionaire Forrest.
It kicked off in Sydney today with a meeting between Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and other Australian food industry leaders.
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Image credit: China, Dalyan by Alexander Kolosov 2013 (Some rights reserved, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Day: August 1, 2014
In one corner, the USA Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently released its annual “Shopper’s Guide“, including its annual list of fresh produce most likely to contain pesticide residues. In the other corner, the fresh produce industry, represented by the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), provided the media with pre-release coverage as to why the Shopper’s Guide is a waste of reading time and followed up with a list of peer-reviewed studies and government reports to discredit the EWG release.
This annual stouch is becoming legendary but as I mentioned in a post on 27th March, even the high ground taken by the AFF – that the EWG claims are inaccurate, that the detected residues do not pose a food safety concern and that organic versus conventional is a non-event – does not come out entirely clean when the mud hits the fan. And communication experts tell me that a little bit of mud sticks in consumers’ memories every time, to be retrieved when they are in their local grocer or retail chain store asking themselves “What should I buy? What’s the best food for my family?”