From Farm To Table: Reducing Waste In The Food Chain

Premier Li said last week in Brunei that GDP grew more than 7.5 percent in the first nine months of 2013, putting the government on track to achieve its full-year target of the same pace. He also told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of Chinas concern about Washington s debt-ceiling problem, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Septembers trade slowdown resulted from a high basis of comparison with last year, the customs administration said in a statement. True Story Sometimes a single months data cant tell the true story, and there are other factors as well, Zheng Yuesheng, a customs spokesman, said at an Oct. 12 briefing when asked about the export drop. I see this as a seasonal thing. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey was for a 5.5 percent gain in September exports from a year earlier after a 7.2 percent pace in August. Sales to South Korea , Taiwan and the European Union declined from a year earlier and growth in shipments to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slid to 9.8 percent from Augusts 30.8 percent pace. Exports to the U.S. rose 4.2 percent, slowing from 6.1 percent in August. There has been an export recovery since July to the U.S. and Europe but its been pretty weak, said Shen Jianguang, Hong Kong-based chief Asia economist at Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd. The driving force for Chinas recovery at this stage is still housing and infrastructure investment. Distortions that began late last year from fake export invoices used to disguise capital inflows, fewer working days due to the timing of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, and currency volatility in Southeast Asia have left the trade figures quite murky, Shen said. Regulators in May cracked down on over-invoicing of exports. September imports rose 7.4 percent from a year earlier, topping the median 7 percent forecast in a Bloomberg survey.

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By taking a holistic approach to feeding the worlds population in agriculture, harvesting, manufacturing and packaging, we are creating solutions for the entire supply chain. Dow people are working at the intersections of the sciences to create innovations that will support the growth in food production and conservation that are needed to feed the worlds expanding population. A Fruitful Journey Foods journey begins on the farm where it is critical to protect the food supply at the origin of the supply chain. Innovations in agricultural chemical, biotechnology and germplasm safeguard crops from disease, pests and weeds while increasing yields and reducing the impact on the environment. Dow is working with farmers to create drip-irrigation systems that deliver precise amounts of water directly to crop roots facilitating growth while greatly reducing water waste. And through a range of innovative post-harvest protection products and services , Dow is enabling growers, packers, shippers, exporters, and importers to deliver high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables to consumers. Following its harvest, food goes through a processing phase which allows manufacturers to accommodate the changing tastes and needs of the marketplace. For example, Dows food processing solutions allow the removal of allergens such as gluten giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy increased options that accommodate their dietary restrictions. In dairy processing, Dow offers products that help producers create products that allow for easier handling, greater productivity, superior sanitation, and processing energy savings. Food spoilage is a major contributor to the food waste problem, and keeping packaged foods fresh on the inside while protecting it from outside invaders and delaying spoilage is one of the most obvious consumer benefits in the food chain. Dows resins for flexible stand-up pouches use less material to package items such as soups, baby food and baking ingredients, locking in nutrients to form a barrier against ripening agents or molds that cause food decay. These lightweight packages also mean that more food can fit into each truckload, and vehicles use less fuel to distribute the food, in turn reducing carbon footprints – a win-win for everyone in the supply chain. For more information: Facebook About Dow Dow ( DOW ) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

9 Food Lies People Are Telling You, From Casual Myths To Straight Up Betrayal

Now, as for the rest of you: just eat bread. Bread IS gluten. That is why it tastes good and is light and fluffy and doesn’t crumble into a million pieces when you touch it. If you like gluten-free bread, that’s fine, but let’s not pretend that it’s bread. 6 Whoever came up with this rule has been missing out tuna melts for their whole life. I’m so, so sorry. 7 LIE: You’ll Never Know You’re Drinking Soy/Rice/Almond/Coconut Milk WikiMedia Yes we will. Let’s be honest. As with the gluten-free bread conundrum, I understand that for either health, ethical or philosophical reasons, some people just can’t drink cow’s milk. Guys, Godspeed. Everyone else, have you ever seen what happens when you pour soy milk into coffee ? It’s gross. Is almond milk a little better? Yeah, sure.