January 10, 2013

10/01/13:World food wastage; Indian wheat gets a boost; UK grain imports

  • The Institute of Mechanical Engineers has released a report which claims that up to 50 percent of food is wasted. World production of food stands at around four billion metric tonnes of food per annum, so the wastage amounts to two billion tonnes. The report pinpoints poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, as the causes behind the losses. Download the full report.
  • The Indian wheat industry has received a boost in the form of cold weather. The world’s second-biggest producer, may reach a record for a seventh year as cold weather boosts yield prospects and record domestic prices spur planting, potentially aiding exports. Read more...
  • UK imports of grain have risen as millers accept better quality grain. According to Emma Croft of Anderson Grain Marketing, milling wheats have accounted for a significant proportion of the imports, with more than a quarter (224,000/T) originating from Germany (a key source of high protein milling wheat) – that’s five times the amount the UK had imported at this point in the season last year. Read more...
    A variety of foods made from wheat.
    A variety of foods made from wheat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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