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White Commodities

The U.S. rice industry motivated its politicians to attack USTR Katherine Tai last week as she made the rounds on Capitol Hill. The main point of their ire is India, which they claim uses subsidies far more than WTO rules allow. Indeed, India has subsidized agriculture to the point that its ric...

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Limits of Sanctions

The repeated threat of sanctions by the EU and U.S. were not enough to prevent Vladimir Putin from moving on Ukraine, and they likely will not be enough to affect Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. He has been the president of the country for most of the past 15 years and the U.S. argues it is because...

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Clueless Leaders

The U.S. government shut down avocado imports from Mexico’s Michoacán state after a federal inspector received presumably a threatening phone message. Rather than accept the plausibility of wrongdoing in one of the most corrupt, drug cartel running parts of his country, Michoac&aac...

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Coffee Flip

Food commodities are rising in price and that includes coffee, but the coffee bean market is also changing. Out of 100 species of coffee, just two dominate: Arabica and Robusta. And of those two, Arabica has been the bean to beat. Because of a higher lipid and sugar level, it is considered swee...

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Monopoly Sweeteners

Two of the largest sugar refiners in the southeast United States are seeking a merger but the U.S. Justice Department is objecting. The Department says that would leave just two refiners in the region controlling "an overwhelming majority of refined sugar sales." The refiners complain that the...

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Not so Sweet; Not so Green

Not so Sweet The WTO last month sided with Australia, Brazil, and Guatemala that India’s sugar subsidies were distorting and illegal. India has appealed the ruling knowing that the WTO’s Appellate Panel is non-functioning, thus putting the case in limbo. However, Brazil intends to r...

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Perk up Attention

Exports point to climate change as the cause of the plateauing in global crop production but no where is it more apparent than in coffee production. Brazil is responsible for 40 percent of global coffee production and around 31 percent of global trade. This year, Brazil’s coffee exports w...

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How Sweet it Isn’t

In the past three years, India has switched from being the number four exporter of sugar in the world to number two. Over the past dozen years, its domestic production has grown by 56 percent, but its exports have exploded by 229 percent. It turns out there is a reason. In a WTO challenge by Au...

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Potato Trade Grows

Potatoes have taken a dietary beating for being a basic starch that raises blood sugar as fast as pure glucose. By contrast, whole wheat contains complex starch, plus protein and some fiber. However, potatoes may have high bioavailability of certain vitamins and minerals, plus other health bene...

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Cotton Beats Wheat

There is much consternation over the fact that global stocks-to-use in wheat is down to 12.5 percent and as a result, the price of the March SRW contract is up 65 percent. Yet the price on the December cotton contract is up 120 percent from its low. Cotton is not essential for the food supply...

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How Sweet it Isn't

  Two major U.S. sugar processors, U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar planned a merger, but the Justice Department is saying no. It warns that the duopoly would result in higher sugar prices in the Southeast. But higher sugar prices are the point of U.S. sugar policy. The government sets a floo...

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Orange Juice is Fleeting

In the spring of 2020 as COVID-19 was spreading, U.S. consumption of orange juice increased as consumers sought to inoculate themselves with vitamin C. However, the increase was fleeting and not reflected on a global scale. Consumers are seeking to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks at t...

softs

White Commodities

The U.S. rice industry motivated its politicians to attack USTR Katherine Tai last week as she made the rounds on Capitol Hill. The main point of their ire is India, which they claim uses subsidies far more than WTO rules allow. Indeed, India has subsidized agriculture to the point that its ric...

softs

Limits of Sanctions

The repeated threat of sanctions by the EU and U.S. were not enough to prevent Vladimir Putin from moving on Ukraine, and they likely will not be enough to affect Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. He has been the president of the country for most of the past 15 years and the U.S. argues it is because...

softs

Clueless Leaders

The U.S. government shut down avocado imports from Mexico’s Michoacán state after a federal inspector received presumably a threatening phone message. Rather than accept the plausibility of wrongdoing in one of the most corrupt, drug cartel running parts of his country, Michoac&aac...

softs

Coffee Flip

Food commodities are rising in price and that includes coffee, but the coffee bean market is also changing. Out of 100 species of coffee, just two dominate: Arabica and Robusta. And of those two, Arabica has been the bean to beat. Because of a higher lipid and sugar level, it is considered swee...

softs

Monopoly Sweeteners

Two of the largest sugar refiners in the southeast United States are seeking a merger but the U.S. Justice Department is objecting. The Department says that would leave just two refiners in the region controlling "an overwhelming majority of refined sugar sales." The refiners complain that the...

softs

Not so Sweet; Not so Green

Not so Sweet The WTO last month sided with Australia, Brazil, and Guatemala that India’s sugar subsidies were distorting and illegal. India has appealed the ruling knowing that the WTO’s Appellate Panel is non-functioning, thus putting the case in limbo. However, Brazil intends to r...

softs

Perk up Attention

Exports point to climate change as the cause of the plateauing in global crop production but no where is it more apparent than in coffee production. Brazil is responsible for 40 percent of global coffee production and around 31 percent of global trade. This year, Brazil’s coffee exports w...

softs

How Sweet it Isn’t

In the past three years, India has switched from being the number four exporter of sugar in the world to number two. Over the past dozen years, its domestic production has grown by 56 percent, but its exports have exploded by 229 percent. It turns out there is a reason. In a WTO challenge by Au...

softs

Potato Trade Grows

Potatoes have taken a dietary beating for being a basic starch that raises blood sugar as fast as pure glucose. By contrast, whole wheat contains complex starch, plus protein and some fiber. However, potatoes may have high bioavailability of certain vitamins and minerals, plus other health bene...

softs

Cotton Beats Wheat

There is much consternation over the fact that global stocks-to-use in wheat is down to 12.5 percent and as a result, the price of the March SRW contract is up 65 percent. Yet the price on the December cotton contract is up 120 percent from its low. Cotton is not essential for the food supply...

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How Sweet it Isn't

  Two major U.S. sugar processors, U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar planned a merger, but the Justice Department is saying no. It warns that the duopoly would result in higher sugar prices in the Southeast. But higher sugar prices are the point of U.S. sugar policy. The government sets a floo...

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Orange Juice is Fleeting

In the spring of 2020 as COVID-19 was spreading, U.S. consumption of orange juice increased as consumers sought to inoculate themselves with vitamin C. However, the increase was fleeting and not reflected on a global scale. Consumers are seeking to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks at t...

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