Urban vertical farms and other forms of CEA have received a lot of press lately as these crop production systems have become more prevalent. The industry has been expanding rapidly since the late 1990s, with the pace of growth picking up in recent years as technology has evolved.
Sales of organic produce (fruits, vegetables and nuts) have increased dramatically in recent years; so much so that nearly 15 percent of all retail produce sales in the U.S. are now organic. In 2016, sales of organic produce accounted for 40 percent of all organic food sales, totaling $15.6 billion – an increase of 8.4 percent over 2015.
At present, the cranberry market is oversupplied; and the industry is facing major headwinds at all levels of the supply chain, marring the anniversary of its 200th year of commercial production.
Florida’s citrus industry is in a fight for survival. For the past decade, this industry has been under attack by a disease known to scientists as Huanglongbing (HLB), but more commonly known as citrus greening.
The U.S. tree nut industry will face several headwinds, including the strong U.S. dollar, a huge increase in supply, water difficulties, a tepid global economy, and increased global competition – all of which point to reduced profitability.
The objective of this in-brief report is to outline the key issues and concerns that swirl around GMOs. The intent is not to stake out a position for or against GMOs or related issues, but rather to outline the facts and foster a better understanding of the two dueling points of view.
Bolstered by strong marketing by industry groups, an increase in almond tree plantings and steadily increasing yields, almond production has been expanding to keep up with swelling domestic and foreign demand.
Beginning in 2006, beekeepers in the U.S. experienced a sharp, mysterious increase in honey bee hive losses. This problem has persisted and has come to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Agriculturalists are gravely concerned about CCD. Nearly one out of every three bites of the American diet is the result of a pollinator’s handiwork.
In 2008, a specific brand of peanut butter used as an ingredient by many of the nation’s largest food manufacturers was identified as the likely source of a salmonella outbreak that led to one of the largest, most complex, and costliest food recalls in U.S. history.
Citrus greening results from Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) infestation and threatens the major citrus producing regions of the U.S., including Florida, California, and other southern states. There is currently no known treatment for the disease, so current strategies focus on controlling or eliminating the vector (ACP).