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Grape compound 'may be effective alternative to drugs' in fight against depression

Scientists have found that the plant compound resveratrol, found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries, can block an enzyme that causes depression and anxiety.
August 21 , 2019

U.S.: Gladstone Land expands with US$33M pistachio farm purchase

Gladstone says this is the first closing of a two-part acquisition; the second closing will be larger and is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.
August 21 , 2019

Chilean cherry exports to rise 15% to over 200,000MT, forecasts USDA

It attributed the projected increase to increased productivity in new orchards. There are now 37,000 hectares of Chilean cherry farms - almost double the figure in the 2015-16 season.
August 21 , 2019

Argentina eyes U.S. mandarin, orange market access next year

A delegation from the U.S.'s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently visited the country to audit the production and control systems for citrus exports.
August 21 , 2019

Chilean Blueberry Committee implements quality system amid industry evolution

The Quality System covers five "fundamental pillars". These include correct varietal selection, production, harvest, post-harvest, and final verification that the quality meets the current market requirements.
August 20 , 2019
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