This week, Mexico’s government prioritized cattle care after identifying a substantial threat from drug resistant antibiotics. Meanwhile, startup contributor Vincent Speranza discusses food tech trends and the importance of further developing this sector. Finally, the US agreed to allocate resources for the creation and implementation of the Sowing Opportunities program.
Interested in more? Here are the week’s major headlines in Agribusiness & Food!
- Mexico urges ranchers to embrace practices for cleaner and more sustainable cattle production. Mexican producers and authorities are focusing their efforts on the eradication of bovine tuberculosis in Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, the Huasteca region and the Yucatan Peninsula. Some advances have been reported in 10 municipalities in Jalisco, five in Guanajuato and two in Hidalgo. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), it is essential to eradicate bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and ticks. An animal welfare system could help prevent environmental repercussions, especially as growing demand is expected to further burden producers, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). All of this happens due to the increase in demand which translates to higher risks to livestock health, especially as viruses can mutate and lead to new diseases. Read more here.
- The US will allocate resources for the implementation of Mexico’s Sowing Opportunities program (Sembrando Vida) in Central American countries, which will benefits communities by reducing migration and addressing its main causes. The decision to fund the program was part of the agreements reached during the North American Leaders Summit. “We will be working with US agencies in the coming days. It is very important to us that there has been a response to what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been proposing in relation to migration,” said the Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard. Three years after the program took off in Mexico, it has failed to fully take off. The Government Social Cooperation and Management (GESOC) explained that while the program aimed to benefit 1.8 million people in 32 states, to date it has only benefited 415,692 people in 20 states. Read more here.
- Foodtech can save the world, argues Vincent Speranza, Managing Director of Mexico and Latam Regional Adviser, Endeavor. The world is seeing an increase in entrepreneurial activity related to food technology, with companies that are reinventing the different links along its value chain and innovating with healthy, natural, organic and healthy products. Mexico is one of the most popular expansion destinations for food tech ventures, said Speranza. The reasons are the size of the market and the importance of food culture among Mexicans. Read more here.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) introduced an emergency plan to reduce the impact of AMR in the agricultural and healthcare sectors. “As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat,” said FAO. This threatens agriculture because livestock and agricultural production require the use of effective medicines. Antimicrobials are used in crops and animal populations to prevent production losses. AMR infections, if they were to arise, could lead to significant losses and the mutation of pests and diseases. AMR also threatens humans directly by forcing patients to use more costly pharmaceuticals to threat more dangerous infections and could increase COVID-19-related deaths, as previously reported by MBN. Read more here.