Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Jun 28, 2016

Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but before he joined the Cabinet. Moriyama said he ...

Angst grows over agrochemical mega-mergers

Jun 19, 2016

Angst grows over agrochemical mega-mergers

Three mega-mergers in the agrochemical sector, including Bayer and Monsanto, have raised concerns among farmers who fear higher prices and consumers who fear more genetically modified food. Even before Bayer began trying to woos U.S.-based Monsanto, German civil society had erupted in protest against ...

Jun 16, 2016

Holy guacamole! Avocado desperados hit New Zealand

New Zealand avocado growers have reported a spate of thefts after rising prices caused a seasonal shortage, leaving guacamole lovers choking on their dip. Avocado prices have doubled in recent months, reaching 6 New Zealand dollars ($4.20) each in some supermarkets, prompting a number ...

Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

May 13, 2016

Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

In a dark and steamy room in Indonesia’s tofu heartland, three men sweat over bubbling cauldrons, churning creamy bean curd with wooden paddles before draining it by hand and slicing it into silky cubes. Tofu has been cooked this way for generations, but today ...

In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar

May 7, 2016

In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar

At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as “Gracious,” “Warm-Hearted” and “Magical.” The last two weeks, though, have been anything but kind. Angry patrons and animal rights activists ...

May 2, 2016

No TTIP if agriculture is threatened: France

France will reject the ambitious TTIP trans-Atlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday. “We in France have to defend a certain number of principles” and be “extremely vigilant as it is the future of agriculture ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

Apr 27, 2016

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

The twin quakes that slammed Kyushu this month caused at least ¥23.6 billion of damage to agricultural and forestry businesses in Kumamoto Prefecture, the local government said Tuesday. And that is not counting damage in the worst-hit areas, which the prefectural government has yet ...