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White Commodities Focus

White commodities is an American euphemism for three crops, cotton, rise, and sugar, that are all white in color and each have statutory programs considered complex or unique. They are generally produced in the U.S. south, and their traits include: Cotton: A chemically intensive crop with the largest subsidy on an area basis, and with a mostly non-food use except for cottonseed oil. The more valuable Pima variety is grown in Arizona and California. Rice: A water intensive crop with methane emissions and strong competition from Asian varieties.  Sugar: A dubious nutrition profile that is subsidized by consumers via strict import limitations. India is the largest rice exporter, and its crop is down due to a late monsoon, and its suga...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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