This “Week in Pictures” of food and agriculture is a new feature here and will (hopefully) be seen on Thursdays from here on out. Personally, I don’t think there’s a better way to understand what’s happening in global agriculture than this. I hope you find it as valuable and as interesting as I do.
Marvin Bruce fixes buckets of Gladiola flowers as he and his wife June sell them at a roadside stand near Milliken, August 19, 2014. They also sell the Gladiola flowers at farmer’s markets. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Police officers walk next to piles of nectarines and pallets dumped by farmers to block access to the Saint-Charles International market, one of Europe’s main fruit and vegetable dispatch centres, on August 13, 2014 in Perpignan, southern France, to protest an ‘economic dumping’ allegedly practiced in Spain. Some 200 farmers blocked the Boulou border crossing Spain and France on August 13, 2014, before heading to the Saint-Charles International market and dumping piles of nectarines to block its access. Photo by RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images.
A worker checks a trailer load of wheat grain collected from a field during the summer harvest at the OOO Aksentis farm enterprise in Aksentis, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Russian wheat exports are seen by USDA at a record high this season. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Farm workers take a food break during the summer wheat harvest on the OOO Barmino farm enterprise in Vargany, near Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Russia, the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter, banned food imports from the U.S., European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine, the ninth-largest shipper. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UK, Kent, Hop farm, tractor at work, towing computerised sprayer , spraying fungicide onto hops. Photo by Andrew Errington for Getty Images.
An employee taps the bottom of trays to to loosen the bread in pans at the Orlando Baking Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Wheat rose after the U.S. lifted the outlook for its exports of the grain as well as for global consumption, blunting the effect of increased production. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
A woman prepares sausages for visitors at the Hong Kong Food Expo 2014 in Hong Kong on August 17, 2014. The 25th edition of the event showcases a wide variety of food and beverage products from around the world, and runs from August 14-18. Photographer: Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images.
A poultry farm is pictured from a hot air balloon on August 20, 2014, in Sable-sur-Sarthe, western France. Photographer: JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images.
The Folsom South Canal flows next to a housing development on August 19, 2014 in Mather, California. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State’s lakes and reservoirs is reaching historic lows. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during his visit to a stable in the cattle farm Brielower Agrar GmbH on August 18, 2014 in Brandenburg, Germany. Steinmeier is on a three-day summer trip through his constituency. (Photo by Thomas Koehler /Photothek via Getty Images)
A worker uses a tobacco harvester on a farm on August 14, 2014 near Tietar, in Extreamdura region, Spain. There is one team of workers left who still do the Virginia tobacco harvest manually. Spain is the third biggest producer of tobacco in Europe. Around 90 percent of Spanish tobacco is grown in Extremadura, providing an income to around 20,000 families in the region. In recent years tobacco farming in Extremadura has started to mechanize, becoming more competitive but also leading to the loss of manual labour jobs. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
A couple walks past sunflowers growing in a field during the Zama Sunflower Festival in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The festival is held through Aug. 19 as approximately 500,000 sunflowers are in full bloom in the fields. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An Indian villager uses a boat to transport firewood through floodwaters as a resident and child sit alongside cattle on partially submerged farmland at Buraburi village in the Morigaon district of the state of Assam on August 20, 2014. Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing. While India’s annual rains are a lifeline for the country’s farm sector, flooding, landslides and building collapses are frequent during the monsoon season, which sweeps India from June to September. Hundreds die every year in floods and landslides during the monsoon season in South Asia. Photographer: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images.
Fruits and vegetables are for sale at a marketplace in Bucharest August 20, 2014. According to the Committee of the Council of Europe against money laundering (MONEYVAL), the underground economy was at 28.4% of Romania’s gross domestic product in 2013, nearly 40 billion euros. The entire European Union is losing 1,000 billion per year due to tax evasion, according to the European Parliament. One of the most sensational business discoveries in 2014 relates to an evasion of 24 million euros on the market of fruits and vegetables. Photographer: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images.
A chef prepares ‘chocolate ham: for guests at the Fantasia by Escriba exhibition during a media preview in Singapore on August 21, 2014. The Fantasia by Escriba is a showcase of larger-than-life confectionary masterpieces including the world’s tallest chocolate fountain and a zoo of life-sized edible animals. The three-day show at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is designed and produced by Spanish pastry maestro Christian Escriba and his wife Patricia Schmidt. Photographer: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images.
Men work during the hop harvest on August 18, 2014 in Destnice in northwest Bohemia, Czech Republic. Czech Republic belongs among the biggest hop producers in the world and the major part of hop is exported mostly to Japan, Germany, China, Russia and Vietnam. (Photo by Iveta Lhotska/isifa/Getty Images)
A corn field is pictured from a hot air balloon on August 20, 2014, in Sable-sur-Sarthe, western France. Photographer: JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images.
The plant of French food-processing industry group LDC, which processes poultry products and delicatessen food, is pictured from a hot air balloon on August 20, 2014, in Sable-sur-Sarthe, western France. Photographer: JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images.
Afghan men unload melons from a truck in Ghazni on August 21, 2014. Countries with troops in Afghanistan have pledged roughly one billion dollars to help bankroll Afghan security forces once most NATO troops withdraw by the end of 2014, on top of funds promised by the United States. Photographer: Rahmatullah Alizadah/AFP/Getty Images.
This photo taken on August 19, 2014 shows a man making famian bing, a type of pastry, as his wife works on a laptop outside their road-side apartment in Beijing. The bread-like pastries are sold from a stall outside the room for 1 Yuan (USD 16.28 ) each. Photographer: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images.
Cans of Coca-Cola Classic move along a conveyor at a Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. production facility in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Coca-Cola Amatil flagged a second consecutive drop in full-year earnings amid weak consumer confidence and rising costs in Indonesia. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People shop for vegetables at a wet market in the Little India district of Singapore on August 14, 2014. Singapore’s trade-sensitive economy grew 3.5 percent in the first half and was on track for 2.5-3.5 percent expansion this year, Singapore’s prime minister said on August 8. Photographer: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images.
A Belarus woman digs up potatoes in a field in the village of Velikiy, some 130km south of Minsk on August 11, 2014. Photographer: VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images.
Two Class KGaA combine harvesters operate on a wheat field during the summer harvest on the OOO Barmino farm enterprise in Vargany, near Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Russia, the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter, banned food imports from the U.S., European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine, the ninth-largest shipper. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Malaysian vendor waits for customers near his stock of melons at a wholesale market in Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2014. Malaysia’s economy grew a better-than-expected 6.4 percent in the year’s second quarter on the back of higher exports and strong private domestic demand, the central bank said August 15. Photographer: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images.
A waiter arranges various food items prepared in the Indian tri-colours at a hotel in Bangalore on August 15, 2014. The hotel management has taken a unique approach to attract customers and also to celebrate the 68th Independence Day by preparing several food dishes in orange, white and green colours which represent the Indian flag. Photographer: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images.
This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot carrying food to customers in a restaurant in Kunshan. It’s more teatime than Terminator — a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. Photographer: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images.