U.S. Ranks High on Global Food Security Index
The newly launched Global Food Security Index, commissioned by DuPont, ranks the U.S., Denmark, Norway, and France among the world leaders in food security thanks to ample supplies, high incomes, low costs for food relative to other expenditures, and significant R&D aimed at food production.
However, while consumers in the U.S. and other developed nations consume an average of 1,200 calories per day more than those in low-income countries, even wealthy nations’ food supplies are lacking in micro-nutrients, according to the study.
The Global Food Security Index ranks and measures food security in 105 countries by looking at such things as food affordability, availability, nutritional quality, and safety.
The least food secure nations were largely found in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Mozambique.
Africa has long been an region of concern. In May, the Obama administration said the U.S. and other members of the G8 group of industrialized countries were working with African leaders to increase agricultural investment and enhance productivity.
According to the United Nations, by 2030 the world will need at least 50 percent more food to feed a growing population.
The interactive Global Food Security Index is available online at foodsecurityindex.eiu.com.
Canada Proposes Regulations to Track Pigs
In an effort to improve the safety of the food supply chain, the Canadian government is creating regulations that would make traceability mandatory for pigs in order to protect the health of Canadians and overseas buyers.
According to a press release, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods, and record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import, to slaughter or export.
The Canadian government already has mandatory identification systems in place for livestock such as cattle, bison, and sheep.
About 70 percent of Canada’s pork sales are intended for international markets. Therefore, such a system would boost overseas buyers’ confidence in the safety of Canada’s pork products, say supporters of the proposed regulations.
Castle & Cooke Cold Storage Acquired By Lineage Logistics
Warehousing and logistics company, Lineage Logistics, has acquired Colton, California-based Castle & Cooke Cold Storage (CCCS), a third-party warehousing logistics company.
The acquisition increases Lineage’s capacity to 12 million square feet and 240 million cubic feet.
“Lineage combines a deep heritage of customer-centric and entrepreneurial values with significant financial resources provided by committed, long-term investors,” said Kevin Marchetti, managing director of Bay Grove Capital LLC, which sponsors Lineage Logistics. “This is a transformative deal that will double Lineage’s size, expand its capabilities and strengthen its customer-first culture. The acquisition firmly establishes Lineage as a leading logistics partner for customers nationwide.”
Castle & Cooke Cold Storage operates 24 facilities totaling 112 million cubic feet located across California, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Georgia, and Texas. The company provides cold and dry storage for a wide range of customers, including food and non-food producers, distributors, and retailers. In addition, the company’s asset-light transportation logistics business provides nationwide solutions for product movement.
Rocky Ford Cantaloupes Back on Grocery Shelves
One year after a listeria outbreak in cantaloupes grown near Rocky Ford, Colorado caused the deaths of 30 people, the fruit is going back on grocery shelves, but with a new strategy.
For starters, farmers near the eastern Colorado town have come together to create an $800,000 fund to provide safety upgrades to assure another outbreak does not occur. They also patented the name “Rocky Ford” and are now trying to convince consumers that the cantaloupes are safe to eat.