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World food prices rose to a record in December on higher sugar, grain and oilseed costs, the United Nations said, exceeding levels reached in 2008 that sparked deadly riots from Haiti to Egypt.
An index of 55 food commodities tracked by the Food and Agriculture Organization gained for a sixth month to 214.7 points, above the previous all-time high of 213.5 in June 2008, the Rome-based UN agency said in a monthly report. The gauges for sugar and meat prices advanced to records.
Sugar climbed for a third year in a row in 2010, and corn jumped the most in four years in Chicago. Food prices may rise more unless the world grain crop increases “significantly” in 2011, the FAO said Nov. 17. At least 13 people died last year in Mozambique in protests against plans to lift bread prices.
Forty-one percent of U.S. total land area is farmland (938.28 million acres). In 1900, the average farm size was 147 acres, compared to 441 acres today....
More than three million people farm or ranch in the United States. Individuals, family partnerships or family corporations operate almost 99 percent of U.S. farms. Over 22 million people are employed in farm or farm-related jobs...
The top five agricultural commodities are cattle and calves, dairy products, broilers, corn and soybeans. U.S. farmers produce 46% of the world’s soybeans, 41% of the world’s corn, 20.5% of the world’s cotton and 13% of the world’s wheat.
A complete and reliable system of recording procedures, actions and controls implemented on the farm
make access difﬁcult for unauthorised persons or vehicles
using inert construction and surface materials (NO WOOD?)
Keep a record of all persons entering the farm:
keep the medical certiﬁcates of persons working in contact with animals and any document certifying their qualiﬁcations and training
correctly isolate from pests and from wild or stray animals, and from other domestic animals (no pets???)
check the quality of the feed delivered in terms of provision for appearance (visual examination) and keep a written record of the results
keep samples of purchased feed for any subsequent analytical testing should a problem of residues be identiﬁed at the farm production level [REQUIRES LARGE FREEZER]
An identiﬁcation and traceability system for animals, their feed and products
For each animal or group of animals, require and keep all commercial and health documents
enable their exact itinerary to be traced from their farm or establishment of origin to their ﬁnal destination (other farm or abattoir)
establish a data-recording system that can be used to ascertain exactly which batches of commercial feed the farm’s livestock were fed with and what raw materials were used in feed manufactured on the farm and given to the animals.
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Originally posted by EartOccupant
And worse, although prices raise, it is mostly not the farmer who profits..