Fresh Plaza – The cultivation of prickly pears, which has experienced an increase in demand both nationally and internationally is under study. There are more than 14 producing states recognized by the Mexican Association of Producers of Nopal, Tuna and Maguey.
TeleSur - Rural organizations demanded that the Mexican government better redistribute the 2016 budget in favor of a “family, indigenous and small-scaled” agricultural endeavors.
TeleSur – Mexico’s top court blocked the use of genetically modified soy seeds in two states, saying it will uphold the ban until indigenous communities who have been fighting against the use of such seeds are consulted.
El Economista -In 2015, exports of farm products could reach a record $29 billion, according to an analysis of 67 agricultural products with the participation of 7 million farmers. The sector’s exports exceed the value of oil exports.
KTLA – A multi-state salmonella outbreak that left one person dead and 284 sickened has been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed in the United States.
Business Insider – In the last two years, Mexico has become one of the major battlegrounds of the 21st century global food wars. On one side of the battle line is Demanda Colectiva, a collective of 53 scientists and 22 civil rights organizations and NGOs fighting to protect Mexico’s extraordinary wealth of food crop biodiversity; on the other is a coalition of the world’s GMO goliaths led by US agribusiness giant Monsanto.
EFE – Exports of organic products total some $600 million annually. Coffee accounts for 50 percent of organic exports, followed by aromatic herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables, caccao and grapes.
Sentido Comun – Several producers of nopal, prickly pear and the maguey leaf xoconostlein the eastern part of the State of Mexico have begun to export those products to the United States.
La Jornada – The Mexican agricultural sector’s trade balance registered a surplus of $1.571 million during the first half of 2015, which has not occurred for at least 10 years, according to a government survey.
Bloomberg – Some Mexican cilantro is being banned in the U.S. after health officials found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields from which herbs have been linked to hundreds of intestinal illnesses among Americans dating back to 2012.
CMC – Agriculture ministers from the Caribbean will join counterparts from the Americas in October for a five-day meeting focussing on ways of achieving competitive and sustainable agricultural productivity in the hemisphere, while at the same time promoting rural inclusion.
Sentido Comun – Mexico has become the leading exporter of tomatoes worldwide, its main destinations being the United States, Canada and some European countries. In 2014, Mexico produced 2.8 million tons of tomato exports totaling 20 billion pesos ($1.265 billion).
Sentido Comun – Mexico’s agriculture ministry will invest 39 million pesos ($2.5 million) to install six nurseries to produce vegetative material that will diminish the damages Oaxaca coffee producers have suffered from rust ( Hemileia vastatrix).
Stuff – Mexico is keen to expand its country’s sheep flock beyond two million by 2018 through more massive live sheep shipments from New Zealand. A Mexican spokesman said shipments. which have generated controversy, are expected to continue.
Reuters – South Africa will import about 50,000 tons of white maize from Mexico, an industry source said, in a bid to bulk up waning stocks as a scorching drought curbed domestic output.
Radio NZ – New Zealand has confirmed that, of 45,000 sheep exported to Mexico, 191 died after their 15 day voyage. The sheep, and 3,200 cattle, are now at a holding farm in Mexico. The animals are for breeding only as New Zealand does not export for slaughter.
Fresh Plaza – Mexico expects a finalized 12-nation Pacific trade deal to double the country’s agricultural exports to Japan’s mostly closed market to about $2 billion annually.
El Dario de Coahuila – Mexico is on path to producing 75 percent of the nation’s food demand, said Enrique Martinez y Martinez, Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food. the goal should be reached at the end of six years, he said.
Azteca – A group of 200 members of the Democratic Peasants Union blocked the entrances to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food ( SAGARPA ) demanding support for the agricultural sector.
Scoop – Animal advocacy organisation SAFE is condemning the secret shipment of 50,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle to Mexico on a live export shipment, the largest cargo of animals ever to leave New Zealand.