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Harvesting soybeans north of Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Economics Of Our Growing Appetite For Protein

For Argentina, and other Latin American countries, this is a golden opportunity.

The world is hungry for proteins. For those of us monitoring the economy in Argentina, which is a leading producer of grains and soy, it is clear that this is a huge opportunity.

Population growth and changing eating habits are partly responsible for the demand increase, as speakers pointed out at a recent food conference organized by the firm Alltech and held in the U.S. city of in Lexington, Kentucky. China's ballooning middle class, for example, is consuming more meat and dairy and thus putting new pressures on suppliers.
But demand is also being driven by things like aquaculture (when farmed needs large doses of protein to grow), which is huge in China but is also big business in places like Chile right next door! For Argentina, which can and must be a top protein supplier, these trends represent real opportunities.
One of the participants at the gathering was former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who noted that the growing need for protein production comes at a delicate time, both in terms of geopolitics and the environment. One of the challenges protein producers face is water, which is in dwindling supply in many parts of the world.

Some Argentine producers are already looking toward the future. The food firm Molinos, for example, is considering building a protein plant to make concentrated soy protein, which is potentially of great use in fish farming.

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London's Millenium Bridge

Why Some British Businessmen Are Turning Pro-Brexit

Unlike most leaders of finance and commerce in The City, leaving the EU is not a frightening thought for the Business for Britain movement.Â

LONDON — It's at the Goring Hotel, a symbol of eternal England and where Kate Middleton famously spent the night before her wedding, that we meet Alan Halsall, an industry titan who looks more like a gentleman farmer with his beige blazer and plaid shirt.

Between meetings, the Eurosceptic who co-chairs Business for Britain and also heads the nursery company Silver Cross Ltd. takes some time to explain why he's so energized about the United Kingdom's impending referendum about whether to stay in or leave the European Union. Sipping his coffee, the contractor's refrain is familiar on this side of the Channel: Directives from Brussels asphyxiate companies and unnecessarily burden executives with bureaucracy and paperwork.

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At Geneva's Dandy's Barber Lounge

Barbershop Wisdom: Why The Dandy Will Outlive The Hipster

Signs of eternal fashion in a new Geneva barbershop that serves men only, and only men who know what will never go out of style.

GENEVA — The small world of Geneva's barbers is ruthless. When the Dandy’s Barber Lounge opened a few months ago, its first client was an affable young man who turned out to be a spy sent by a rival barbershop. Assuming a false identity (but with his real picture), the faux customer lost no time in revealing his real intentions when he posted nasty comments online about his brand new haircut — before heaping praise on the barbershop that had sent him to spy.

The Dandy’s Barber Lounge staff is still chuckling about the story. It had no real impact on business, which is going gangbusters, according to Romain Marincamp and Vincenzo Cristaldi, the two barbers in this brick-walled, low-ceiling grotto locale.

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