Although Craine Creek Farm has done well so far, Anita says there are many challenges, especially with distribution. Because there are only a few small hydroponic lettuce growers in the area, it doesn’t make sense for the larger distribution companies to make a special trip to pick up just a few heads of lettuce. Anita hopes more people will decide to grow lettuce in the area so there will be a critical mass of product for distributors to move.
“There are other people in the county and region who want to grow like we are,” she says. “We believe this could be a basis for an industry. Then you will have enough to make it worthwhile for distributors to come and take it to other parts of the state and around the South.”
via Loxley woman starts greenhouse business in her 50s – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Features.
When Chinese apple juice concentrate entered the US market, the price of concentrate collapsed from $153 per ton in 1995 to $55 per ton in 1998. American farmers struggled to compete. Some sold their farms; others went bankrupt.
Their loss was Feng’s gain.
“What percent of your apples are eaten and what percent are made into juice?” I asked.
“Seventy percent are taken to the local juice factory,” he said, and then laughed. “You know, nobody here drinks apple juice.”
via Follow your labels: American apple juice is a product of China – CSMonitor.com.
More 1930s-style nationalism in the cards for a Japan that cannot seem to regain go-go status of the 1970-1980s?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a decisive victory in an election on Sunday — so big that there are suspicions he will lose interest in difficult economic reforms and pursue his nationalist agenda instead.
via Abe’s ruling coalition wins Japan’s upper house election – Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).