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A Roadmap to Your Thanksgiving Dinner

A Roadmap to Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Inflation has had a major impact on food prices. And, making it worse, ongoing supply chain strains have led to empty shelves at our supermarket. What does this mean for our Thanksgiving grocery lists? And how will this affect our wallets? Let us help you navigate!

Food Production, Food Trade

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Lost at Sea: Ukraine Struggles to Revive Ag Sector

Lost at Sea: Ukraine Struggles to Revive Ag Sector

Uncertainties over Ukraine's ability to export ag products have resurfaced following news of Putin’s decision to withdraw from an international agreement. Trade manages to continue, but once again the stability of the global food system has been called into serious question.

Food Production, Food Security, Food Trade

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Will more ethanol fight inflation...or fuel it? 

Will more ethanol fight inflation...or fuel it? 

Prices for gasoline, food and other staples continue to rise and rise. The latest initiative is to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in our gas tanks. But will this temper gas prices? Or just increase food prices for consumers?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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Global Trade Can't Happen without Ocean Freight

Global Trade Can't Happen without Ocean Freight

Ocean transportation offers exceptional advantages in cost, efficiency and environmental concerns. But keeping the ships sailing smoothly across busy and sometimes troubled seas takes a lot of effort – in ways we might not always recognize.

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Railroads Drive Lower Costs, Fewer Emissions

Railroads Drive Lower Costs, Fewer Emissions

Each year, railroads provide the enormous carrying capacity needed to efficiently move billions of tons of everyday products...all while releasing fewer emissions.

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Energy, Food Costs: The Unexpected Pain of Ukraine Invasion

Energy, Food Costs: The Unexpected Pain of Ukraine Invasion

While it is uncertain whether Russia's invasion of Ukraine will have serious immediate consequences for U.S. consumers, it could have profound longer-term implications for food costs, the global supply chain and trading system that makes our modern lifestyle possible.

Food Security, Food Trade

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Why Are Shelves Empty? Ask A Trucker

Why Are Shelves Empty? Ask A Trucker

The effects of the pandemic linger across all industries, but perhaps most with transportation. Difficulties facing trucking show its rippling effects throughout the supply chain. Can anything be done to correct its course?

Food Production, Food Trade

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Ukraine: Quiet Pawn in Quest for Food Security

Ukraine: Quiet Pawn in Quest for Food Security

Current tensions can be traced to its geography, history, and geopolitics. And, surprising to some, its role as a major player in the global food system.

Food Security, Food Trade

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We've got questions for you, 2022...

We've got questions for you, 2022...

Governments and companies are changing the way we address food security, the environment, and consumer health. At D2D, we have covered some of these subjects previously but are now looking harder at how the future will be shaped by those who grow, trade, process, and consume food.

Food Production, Food Technology, Food Trade, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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Supply Chain, Inflation & Climate Change

Supply Chain, Inflation & Climate Change

We're taking a moment to look back at some of the big issues and news items in 2021 to set the stage for what should be another year of change.

Climate Change, Food Production, Food Technology, Food Trade

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Covid's Effect on New Tech in Our Food System

Covid's Effect on New Tech in Our Food System

Innovations in e-grocery services have made our lives easier, safer, and more efficient, but have also permanently impacted our food supply chains. How can these emerging technologies help transform our new food system?

Food Production, Food Technology, Food Trade

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What Do the Suez Canal and Covid Have in Common?

What Do the Suez Canal and Covid Have in Common?

More than you'd think. The blockage may be over, but the after-effects will linger. As we saw during Covid, significant disruption to the global supply chain extends all the way to consumers. So what should we prepare for? 

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Don’t Look Now, But They’re Gaining on Us

Don’t Look Now, But They’re Gaining on Us

U.S. ag is one of the most productive, efficient, and well-developed systems on the planet. But Brazil and Argentina have quickly and impressively developed complex global food & ag systems. What does this mean for us?

Food Production, Food Trade

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5 Top Issues Important to Farmers

5 Top Issues Important to Farmers

We asked hundreds of farmers and ranchers across the U.S. to tell us their thoughts on the 2020 presidential election. Here are the 5 issues they identified as most important to farmers in America.

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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Farmer & Rancher Election Survey Results

Farmer & Rancher Election Survey Results

D2D set out with a goal to better understand the issues affecting American farmers - their concerns, hopes, and thoughts about the next four years. Here are our results...

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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Chlorinated Chicken: Public Health or Politics?

Chlorinated Chicken: Public Health or Politics?

Trade talks between the U.S. and the U.K. have centered on a food safety practice for poultry products that positions science against good food policy. So, at what point should science govern our food supply?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Food Trade

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Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Whoa - I traveled much farther than down the block for this delicious meal...

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China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

With the U.S.-China relationship fraught with geopolitical issues, how will our supply-demand connection affect food security?

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2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2019 has been a wild ride! News about our food and how we get it – from dirt to dinner – have had us on the edge of our seats...

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Food Trade, Soil and Crop Management

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Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Our morning brew is so much more than just another beverage! Each cup connects us with farmers in the rainforests and mountains, highlighting the importance of sustainable farming. To bring our cup of joe to life, we introduce sustainability-rated Colombian coffee producer, Finca El Ocaso.

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Trade

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The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

Many of us are unaware of issues affecting our food supply. But what if the pork products we place in our grocery carts became harder to find? The devastating disease, African Swine Fever, has made this a potential reality in Asia.

Food Safety, Food Trade

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Back to Business: D2D News Recap

Back to Business: D2D News Recap

With summer winding down and kids returning to school, it’s time once again to catch up on some food & ag news from around the world. It’s been a busy time, with lots of news we at Dirt-to-Dinner found to be important, interesting, sometimes outrageous and occasionally funny. Here it is, in case you missed it...

Climate Change, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security, Food Trade

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What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

Many factors affect the price of the food we place in our grocery carts each week. How do farmers and food manufacturers price their goods to maintain a smooth and steady delivery of the food we need at a price buyers are willing to pay?

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