Factory Farming – A glimpse of future of agriculture

Farming is going to be the next Manufacturing. Farms, are becoming more like factories: tightly controlled operations for turning out reliable products, immune as far as possible from the vagaries of nature. By 2050, the planet’s population is likely to…

Fair Trade: A relentless idealism or a way of creating sustainable agri value chain?

Fair trade, a popular concept among consumers in western Europe and the US, ensures everyone involved in the making of a product is fairly paid; there is no child labour or forced labour; there is gender equality; and there are…

Do you know what you eat? Transparency for consumers is an attractive rallying-cry.

European food manufacturers did nothing so dreadful when they sold horse as beef in burgers and lasagne. Horsemeat is not dangerous and had been a part of a lot of Italian and Chinese gourmets. Yum Brands, owner of KFC restaurants,…

Well, now we know what not to do. Makers and sellers of processed food are under pressure

"Well, now we know what not to do." After decades of rising sales and high popularity, makers and sellers of processed food are under pressure. Stringent regulations, negative media campaigns, declining popularity, shrinking margins and consolidation are the trending words in…

Business Failures – Investigating 10 major reasons of failure in food processing

When it comes to business, food processing seems to be an obvious choice for most of the entrepreneurs. There could be a considerable number of reasons for this apparent choice. Some of the prominent ones could be: Our exposure to…

Food Recall – Managing crisis without losing credibility?

Food recalls are a series of corrective actions that remove potentially unsafe products from the distribution channel, store shelves and consumers’ kitchen to prevent public health. The priority of food manufacturers and processors is to produce food economically and efficiently,…

Zero food waste is the new buzz word. By-products are the new profitable products.

Food waste has huge potential for value-added ingredients. Traditionally waste products are seen as a bad thing in terms of sustainability and environmental impact along with high costs for removal or treatment. New technologies are opening up big potential for…

Agri Data Ownership: Do farmers own the data generated on farm?

With the advent of precision agriculture, there is a lot of data created on farm. By logic or by law, farmer should own the data generated on the farm. To avail the services of other stakeholders like machinery provider, input…

Balancing the demand and supply in agriculture

Applying concept of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to balance demand & supply in agriculture

Situation 1: General variety produced by small scale unorganised farmers. This can result in plentiful supply and lean demand. plentiful demand and lean supply. Glut in supply, crash the prices and low production results in lower income for the producers…