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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chinese Interests Prep for Possible Take-Over of Canada's Biggest Fertilizer Company

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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A consortium of state-backed Chinese companies are looking to take over the Potash Corporation, a Canadian-based company that's one of the world's largest fertilizer producers. The New York Times explains the possible implications of such a huge link in the modern food chain belonging to Chinese interests, including the fear that Potash's fertilizer, 45% of which is sold to North American farmers, could be diverted to China.

How much fertilizer does it take to grow giant vegetables? The Daily Mail visits with a Liverpool gardener who's growing onions of ridiculous proportions. With two heat waves, 2010 was a bumper year for giant vegetable production. They profile Robinson's Seeds And Plants, the largest seed producer in the U.K. and developer of the Mammoth Onion.

Yesterday we told you about a food bank at West Virginia University. Today, the Temple (University) News discusses the growing number of students receiving food stamps at the encouragement of their schools.

Kids today. An aging bartender takes frou-frou mixologists to task in the San Francisco Chronicle. Gary Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology points out where the new generation of bartenders are going wrong - too many weird ingredients, unwillingness to dilute, and people who flat-out don't know what they're doing.

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