Aug 25, 2016

Monsanto withdraws new GM cotton seed in dispute with India

Monsanto has pulled an application seeking Indian approval for its next generation of genetically modified, pest-resistant cotton seeds, it said Thursday, sharply escalating an ongoing row with the Indian government. The U.S. agribusiness giant said it withdrew plans to introduce the seeds in July ...

Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Aug 24, 2016

Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Beyond Japan’s big cities, unique approaches in workplace are taking place to promote female engagement in society, including by supporting women who are developing regional specialty products. Iwate Prefecture launched a project in fiscal 2015 to support women in the fields of dairy husbandry ...

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

Aug 18, 2016

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers. The Q-biotype whitefly turned up in April in the heavily manicured gardens ...

Aug 18, 2016

Prehistoric Mexicans pioneered raising rabbits for food

Native people living in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, now a World Heritage site located in modern-day Mexico, likely bred rabbits to eat and used their bones for tools, researchers said Wednesday. The study, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, represents one of the ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

Aug 14, 2016

First-ever marijuana growers' fair held in Oregon

People flocked to Oregon’s first-ever marijuana growers’ fair on Saturday where a competition for best pot plants was being held, with the winners to be displayed at the Oregon State Fair. The inaugural two-day Oregon Cannabis Growers’ Fair underscores how the once-illicit marijuana industry ...

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

Aug 11, 2016

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are ...

Aug 2, 2016

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate misses target again

The nation’s food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie intake basis was 39 percent in fiscal 2015 for the sixth year in a row, falling short of the government target of 45 percent, the farm ministry said Tuesday. In the year through March, the self-sufficiency ...

Kubota group starting production of grapes for wine

Jun 28, 2016

Kubota group starting production of grapes for wine

The Kubota Corp. group has started producing grapes on its farms, which have mainly produced rice for export, according to sources. To expand its foundation for agricultural business, the group will produce grapes, which are increasingly in high demand for wine production, the sources ...