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MARKET (REPORT) RANT – JAN 27TH, 2017

Interesting times ahead! 

I had to take a market report break for 10 days as I tried to wrap my head around a new US administration that seems hell bent on taking an entire society backwards to uglier times.  So much comes into play for us with this change.  We, yes we, will lose a vast amount of knowledge and wisdom as important departments are, in what used to call witch-hunting, decimated in the USDA and Environment departments.

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MARKET REPORT – APR.16TH, 2016

A very short actual market report is at the bottom – but first, here’s this:

OK, Here I go on a climate rant – but there’s an opportunity here for you, and one for farmers, but first, the bad news as it rolled in today.

First:  Arctic sea ice:

A record expanse of Arctic sea never froze over this winter and remained open water as a season of freakishly high temperatures produced deep – and likely irreversible – changes on the far north.  Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre said on Monday that the sea ice cover attained an average maximum extent of 14.52m sq km (5.607m sq miles) on 24 March, the lowest winter maximum since records began in 1979.  The low beats a record set only last year of 14.54m sq km (5.612m sq miles), reached on 25 February 2015.  “I’ve never seen such a warm, crazy winter in the Arctic,” said NSIDC director Mark Serreze. “The heat was relentless.”

It was the third straight month of record lows in the sea ice cover, after extreme temperatures in January and February stunned scientists.

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MARKET REPORT – MAR. 25TH, 2016

We just don’t do that to small producers

I guess it’s time, now that the most impressive El Nino event is winding down, to see what impact it had on California.  And in case you’ve forgotten, it’s the warming of the ocean at the equator off the coast of Peru and Ecuador that is strong enough to change ocean currents and weather patterns globally.  This was the strongest El Nino recorded, with ocean temps at the peak back a few weeks ago of 3.4C above normal across a vast swath of the central Pacific.  One thing we know for sure is that it amplified global warming during January and February.

When people discuss climate change, they have, for the last 25 years, said that if the global temperature goes up 2C, that is the tipping point at which bad stuff really starts to happen.  Well, we hit that in February for the first time at 2.1C above normal, with El Nino’s help.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 11TH, 2015

40% of Climate Change is directly related to conventional farming!  40%!  What an interesting oxymoron

Please read this – it’s not only great information for you and your staff, it is very important for your customers to understand, and something not talked about in the media – and yet another opportunity to promote organics in your store.

As the Climate Change negotiations wind down in Paris we can only hope that there is some tangible progress made towards real caps on carbon emissions.    Why is this so very important to you, and food and agriculture you ask?  Weather patterns and temperatures have been changing significantly, especially over the past decade.

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