Produce Industry on Supply Chain Problems and World Food Price Barometer Surges
**At least 21 produce industry organizations in Canada and the U.S. issued a joint statement calling for “urgent government action” to address significant ongoing supply chain disruptions.
According to the statement, the disruptions have “impacts to our food systems, economies and ultimately individuals and families across the continent and around the globe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented public health, economic and logistical challenges for communities and supply chains worldwide, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry included.
**On that note, Iowa’s U.S. Senators are calling for more Americans to be eligible to obtain a commercial driver’s license, known as a CDL, to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
Republicans Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst penned a letter last week to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asking them to allow persons 18 years of age and older to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
Current federal regulations maintain a minimum age of 21 for interstate travel.
**The world food price barometer surged to a new peak reaching its highest level since July 2011.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released its monthly report last Thursday, which tracks changes in the international prices of a basket of food commodities.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 133.2 points in October, up 3% from September, rising for a third consecutive month.