The concept of local food is appealing to many consumers. But it is difficult to define what actually constitutes local food. Given the globalised nature of agricultural markets, bread baked in a small village bakery in England may be made from grain grown in Canada. Similarly, many of the inputs to a West Country dairy farm selling local ice cream may come from outside the UK.One of the purported advantages of local food relates to red
Series: Good practices for animal feed and livestockThis booklet describes the causes of these potential losses and illustrates actions that should be undertaken to prevent or remedy them. It assumes that grain and grain products, including flour and animal feed, have reached the first point in the marketing chain after leaving the farm. The situation of transit storage and long-term storage is considered, and millers, traders and feed
Series: Good practices for animal feed and livestockThis booklet is directed at the farm situation, providing advice that can be used to avoid mycotoxin contamination before food leaves the farm. The booklet describes what mycotoxins are, how they are produced and how to recognise signs of their presence. It provides advice to enable farmers to minimise the risk from mould contamination whilst the crop is growing, during harvest and thr
Series: FAO review of agricultural commodity policiesThis is the first issue of a new series dealing with agricultural commodity policies. It includes the third review of policies that have influenced basic food commodity markets, covering 2003 and 2004, a period of particular interest as it coincides with the end of the implementation of the Uruguay Round WTO Agreement and with an intensification of the Delta Round multilateral negotia
Series 'Opportunities in food processing'This series of practical guides is aimed at people starting or operating a food business. The third publication in the series covers markets for flours and bakery products, setting up a mill or a bakery, processing grains and flours and producing bakery products, quality assurance and legislation, and production and financial management.
Series: FAO Diversification bookletsMost food needs some form of preparation and processing to make them more attractive to eat. Foods such as grains, fish and vegetable are unpalatable in their raw state. Others such as cassava are dangerous if eaten without processing. Many different processes have been developed and, wherever there are communities of people, the treatments, methods and recipes used will be a reflection of their requi
White Maize: A Traditional Food Grain in Developing Countries is the result of a collaborative study conducted by FAO and CIMMYT. It reviews the current structure of the white maize economies in developing countries and analyzes the supply and demand situations, both current and protected. Several trends emerging from this analysis are discussed, along with possible implications for research. The paper also examines the major constraints to ...