The Fragility of Food Supply

Innisfail banana plantation wiped out by Cyclone Yasi

There are early predictions more than 90 per cent of Australia’s banana crop was wiped out as Cyclone Yasi hit ‘Banana Central’ – a narrow coastal strip  centred around Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell, North Queensland. 85 per cent of Australia’s bananas are grown here. “With industry worth AUS$400 million, a total of 75 per cent […]

While in global food news…

growth

A rather depressing/unsettling piece from The Telegraph linking the current political unrest in the Middle East and Africa with food supply issues. They point out that the surge in global food prices is hitting hardest the countries with an accelerating gap between rich and poor. So while industry leaders here claim that the NZ economy […]

NZ Product Recall for Spinach and Salads

Ugh. Consumer.org.nz has just sent out an email about vegetable products that may be contaminated with listeria. Particularly nasty for pregnant women. The following products with a best-before date of 12/01/2011 to 19/01/2011 inclusive are affected: Pams Fresh Express Baby Spinach, 120g bag, 300g bag, 2kg loose bulk Pams Fresh Express Green Cos & Spinach […]

What do Americans eat?

Veges

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only 26% of US adults eat 3 servings or more of vegetables a day. Only 34% eat the same amount in fruit. How the hell are these people still alive? No wonder the US dietary supplements market is worth $25 billion a year. via the NY […]