China Boosts Meat Supply and Organic Blueberry Sales
**China will release more meat from state reserves to boost supply, according to a commerce ministry spokesman, preparing for an expected jump in consumption over the Lunar New Year holiday.
agriculture.com reports, the world’s biggest pork consumer has been selling tens of thousands of tons of the frozen meat from its reserves this month, to rein in rising prices ahead of the mid-February holiday.
**Organic berries sales, including blueberries, topped more than $760 million in 2019, accounting for nearly 14% of total organic produce sales.
thepacker.com reports, blueberries were the No. 2 commodity shoppers bought as always organic and the No. 3 item purchased organic SOME of the time, of those studied by Organic Fresh Trends 2021.
14% of blueberry buyers say they always select organic, and more than a third say they chose organic fruit some of the time.
**A coalition of agricultural and business employers has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the COVID-19 emergency temporary standards recently approved by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.
According to the California Farm Bureau, the complaint alleges, among other things, that the Board lacks statutory authority to impose many of the sweeping measures of the ETS on California employers.
For California’s multi-generational farmers, the health and safety of their employees and the consumers they serve is their top priority.