Fresh Apple Demand

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 a…

The Good Life…For Cows

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 …

Corn Counters

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 fiel…

Finding Food Deserts

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…

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