by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG
First published in Milling and Grain, January 2016
As we move forward into another year I would like to wish all of our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Reflecting back on 2015, a year that has seen me hugely privileged in visiting many countries around South East Asia, Australia, China, Europe, India and the USA. This has helped me gain a greater understanding of the vastly different farming techniques and systems, ranging in diversity from industrial-scale, fully-integrated business to subsistence farming.
Seeing fully-organic systems through to production techniques rely on modern fertilisers, sprays and medicines to achieve maximum outputs. It is within all of these farming businesses that food production begins and is the first stage of the production of food that is both wholesome and safe for consumption.
As more and more people move away from their agricultural roots and into the world’s larger cities, increasing pressure is brought to bear on the farming population of the world to feed them with safe, uncontaminated and nutritious products.
Following Europe’s example, I am pleased to see that the USA has finally banned the routine use of antibiotics and growth promoters in their pig industry, in some other countries this issue remains on-going.
Of course it is not just livestock farming that has to develop systems that can effectively and most importantly, profitably produce food with minimum use of chemicals that can be detrimental to human health, but all of the crop and vegetable production. Once the food, be it wheat, rice and all crops, vegetables and livestock, is produced then it has to be got to the consumer.
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