COVID-19 hits mango sales in US
Roadmap to save California agriculture
A new project outlines how organic and more sustainable farming practices can offer a means to save California, which is currently facing a climate crisis, with rising temperatures, frequent heat waves and wildfires. Years of drought have created limited water supplies and the disruption of normal ecosystems.
Activists sue US government over “wrongful” use of organic label
In US, growth in organics outstrips growth in other food categories
Agreement opens opportunities for US fruit in Japan
EU and US vie for leadership in organics
The world’s largest organic markets, the US and the EU have exhibited dynamic growth over the past couple of years. While the US overtook the EU as the leading global organic food market in 2012, the EU has been showing stronger growth of late. Indeed, over the past 10 years, the organic food market in the EU has nearly doubled. According to the Organic Trade Association, the US recorded sales of US $47.9 billion in 2018, while the EU market was worth an estimated US $45.4 billion, up 18% from the previous year, according to USDA FAS data.
Prices of US produce drop in Japanese retailers
Following the signing of a new FTA between Japan and the US, Japanese retailers have moved promptly to slash prices of US fresh produce. The new trade deal was signed in October 2019, but only came into effect on 1 January 2020. The major beneficiary of the agreement was the fresh produce sector, with the tariffs eliminated on blueberries, cranberries, sweet corn, broccoli and prunes. Other products which will see a staggered elimination of tariffs include fresh cherries and oranges.
Report finds Amazon to be price leader in groceries
A study of online grocery retailers has found that Amazon leads the way in terms of price. Examining over 12,500 products in 16 categories, available online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com and Jet.com, and other leading specialist retailers, the Profitero study found that Amazon was the cheapest, followed by supermarket chain Kroger.
Recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake costs around $2.50 in US
A USDA food consumption survey found that US citizens are consuming only 0.9 cups of fruit and 1.4 cups of vegetables per day. This is well below the recommendation to include 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables in their daily diets. The main cause of this deficiency is thought to be cost, with low-income households particularly affected.