Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

Jan 29, 2017

Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in northeastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring, alarmed researchers have reported. “There’s clearly an imbalance,” said Gerard Baumgart, president of the Research Centre for Environmental Protection in Alsace, and an expert on the ...

Scientists turn to genes to put taste back into tomatoes

Jan 27, 2017

Scientists turn to genes to put taste back into tomatoes

Bite into a supermarket tomato and you may notice something missing: taste. Scientists think they can put the yum back into the grocery tomato by tinkering with its genetic recipe. Researchers are reinstalling five long-lost genetic traits that add much of the sweet-yet-acidic taste ...

Farmers mixed on Trump's pullout from TPP

Jan 22, 2017

Farmers mixed on Trump's pullout from TPP

Farmers had mixed reactions after the administration of President Donald Trump announced on Inauguration Day that the United States would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Those opposed to the secretive 12-nation free trade pact welcomed the move, while others who were preparing ...

Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Jan 6, 2017

Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Chefs specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese dishes) are trying to help schoolchildren appreciate flavors passed down through generations in their school lunches. In March 2014, the year after washoku was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, eight chefs launched a group ...

Dec 28, 2016

Hong Kong's first bird flu patient this winter dies

An elderly Hong Kong man died on Christmas Day from bird flu, the government said on Tuesday, the first human infection in the city this winter. The Centre for Health Protection of the Health Department said the 75-year-old man, who was diagnosed with the ...

Skilled foreign workers to be employed by farms in special zones

Dec 12, 2016

Skilled foreign workers to be employed by farms in special zones

The government will allow skilled non-Japanese to work in the agricultural sector in special economic zones to alleviate the farming labor shortage. “We have decided to add the employment of foreign workers in the agricultural sector … to the menu for strategic special zones,” ...