Jun 18, 2015

USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing to add manufacturers of these ...

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. limits antibiotic use in animals

The agency that regulates food and drugs in the United States has drawn up new rules restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to combat a growing resistance to the drugs. Only veterinarians will now be allowed to administer antibiotics used ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to import more butter to ward off another Christmas shortage

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to import more butter this year to stabilize supplies ahead of Christmas, when demand for the dairy product peaks. Separately, the Japan Dairy Association, or J-milk, said Monday the country is expected to face a butter shortage ...

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

May 24, 2015

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

Deep in the English countryside, rows of trees are being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape with years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lamp shades and other items such as mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a ...

May 15, 2015

With goats and chickens, program helps the poorest get by

The poorest of the poor can be helped with a program that includes providing goats, sheep, chickens or other livestock and training in how to make money from them, a large six-nation study concludes. That approach didn’t wipe out poverty for participants, but they ...

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

May 15, 2015

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

U.S. honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies in the past year, the second highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a preliminary report this week. The losses from April 2014 to April 2015 are considered too high to be sustainable — ...

May 6, 2015

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), ...

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

May 5, 2015

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India’s Assam. “Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?” she mumbles, as she puts on her ...