Reverberations: Venezuela’s Migration Crisis Will Shift Eating Patterns for Generations

Reverberations: Venezuela’s Migration Crisis Will Shift Eating Patterns for Generations

Most of us are aware of the crisis gripping Venezuela. We’ve seen the tragic images of residents facing empty grocery store shelves and of mothers desperate to find medicine for their children. While media coverage of the crisis ebbs and flows, competing with other international stories, the situation in Venezuela becomes more dire each day.

 

A lack of basic resources, combined with suffocating economic circumstances, have forced scores of Venezuelans to leave their country – striking out to settle abroad in hopes of creating a better life for their families. This mass migration has created a strain on the resources of recipient countries and raised familiar but important questions about the bureaucratic barriers to migration. In addition to the alarming humanitarian implications, the Venezuelan migration will have a profound and lasting impact on cultural norms across the region – especially when it comes to diet and eating patterns…

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Cash Cow: How Trump’s Trade War is Creating Opportunities for South American Farmers

Cash Cow: How Trump’s Trade War is Creating Opportunities for South American Farmers

There are no winners in a trade war. The global economy is witnessing the truth of this expression as the escalating conflict between China and the United States weighs on the indicators of economic performance worldwide. But even as we recognize that the long-term cost of the trade war will be spread across the globe, in the short term, the tension will also create opportunities for those nations which are poised to capitalize on the emerging commercial gaps…

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At Last: The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement and What it Means for South American Agriculture

At Last: The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement and What it Means for South American Agriculture

Competing for airtime with the ongoing Copa América, the news began to bubble to the surface on June 28th. After decades of negotiation, Mercosur and the European Union had finally signed a trade agreement. Complementing previously agreed upon political and cooperative treaties, this accord is the final piece of the trifecta of deals composing the comprehensive Association Agreement between the two blocs…

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Green Gold: How the Humble Avocado Came to Represent the US Trade War with Mexico

Green Gold: How the Humble Avocado Came to Represent the US Trade War with Mexico

Over the past few years we’ve seen the same cycle play out many times. Threatening tweet leads to market hysteria, leads to harried impact analysis. Sometimes action follows, sometimes not. Regardless of the actual outcome, since 2016 it feels like we have all dedicated significant portions of our lives to following what the potential fallout from the trade war du jour might be.

 

Perhaps there is no country with which this drama has been more noticeable than with Mexico. Repeated swipes at NAFTA (now USMCA for those keeping score at home), followed by retaliatory steel and aluminum tariffs, and of late the potential for tariffs tied to inaction on immigration, have become seemingly commonplace. Agricultural products play a key role in trade between the US and Mexico (for more details see our earlier blog on the subject). And as such, it is not surprising that they have been a dominant topic during trade discussions. But amid all the commotion, an unlikely figure has really taken center stage…

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The Sweet Stuff: Sugarcane in Brazil and Beyond

The Sweet Stuff: Sugarcane in Brazil and Beyond

We put it in our coffee, use it when baking a cake, and more than likely, you are trying to control how much of it is in your diet. But for such a ubiquitous product, you may not know a lot about what sugar is and where it comes from. Today’s blog will explore sugarcane, a crop that has molded the social, economic, and agricultural development of Latin America and beyond...

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Brazil: Land of Plenty

Brazil: Land of Plenty

Over the last few years, Brazil has been thrust onto the global stage like never before. Years of strong growth during the early 2000s made the country a darling among investors in emerging markets and earned it a distinguished spot within the group of BRIC countries. Just as economic growth was cooling, a successful, if controversial, execution of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics again turned the spotlight on Brazil. More recently, headlines about corruption and political instability have ensured that Brazil has stayed top of mind...

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The Trouble with SanCor

The Trouble with SanCor

There is a popular proverb in Argentina that says: ‘El que se quema con leche, cuando ve una vaca, llora’, which translates to: ‘He who burns himself with milk, cries when he sees a cow.’ Perhaps this phrase has never been manifested so literally as now, with stakeholders in Argentina’s dairy industry close to tears as they await signals about the future of the country’s biggest milk cooperative, SanCor...

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