Dec 5, 2014

EU moves to let member states block GM crops

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament and member states ...

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

Nov 28, 2014

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been “overprotected” by the government. Some 300 sheep bleated or lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital’s ...

Nov 23, 2014

Series of storms raises hopes in California's drought

Hours of steady rain Saturday from Northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state is moving out of its driest three years in history — while still deeply locked in drought. After the past week’s three back-to-back winter storms, ...

Japan's tech firms rush into agriculture business

| Nov 7, 2014

Japan's tech firms rush into agriculture business

by Teruko Kato

A growing number of Japanese information and communications technology firms and manufacturers have entered the agribusiness sector, looking to use their technologies to gain new commercial opportunities at a time when Japan is aiming to make its farming industry more efficient, competitive and profitable. ...

Oct 7, 2014

Aeon to begin large-scale rice farming under government program

Aeon Co. will begin rice production in Saitama Prefecture in 2015 by utilizing a government-backed farmland-leasing program, becoming the first major retailer to do so, sources said Tuesday. The move could prompt other companies to make use of the program, under which small pieces ...

Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Oct 6, 2014

Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Rice farmers struggling with low prices this year are to get help in the form of earlier-than-usual grant payments to those participating in the government’s acreage reduction policy, sources said. The ministry of agriculture intends to disburse the grants of ¥7,500 per 10 ares ...