#AgAlerts: Tomato wars; Germany bans glyphosate; swine fever in China

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A roundup of news, reports, and research on agribusiness and related issues.

In retaliation for some of the U.S. tariffs, China cut off imports of U.S. agricultural products like soybeans and corn. That's led to agribusiness companies like Deere & Co. to announce it's cutting production by 20%.

The stakes are high. According to a 2018 University of Arizona study, at almost $3 billion in GDP and 33,000 U.S. jobs, the imported Mexican tomato business has an impact on the U.S. economy.

Germany’s move comes after Austria’s lower house of parliament in July passed a bill banning all uses of glyphosate and after some 20 French mayors last month banned it from their municipalities, defying the government.

In the United States, the USDA estimates that 30 to 40 percent of the country’s food supply is lost or wasted from farm to plate, costing families thousands of dollars per year and generating a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

China is home to half of all the pigs on the planet. The meat is a staple of the Chinese diet, which means its scarcity could damage China's social stability. The outbreak of swine fever also threatens to upend the global pork supply chain.