Nov 5, 2015

Italy top wine maker after big harvest; drought hits Spain

Italy is the biggest wine producer in the world this year, pushing France back into second place, as good weather in most European countries pushes up production — and keeps a lid on prices for consumers. The European Union’s farm federation said Wednesday that ...

Bacon fans brush off WHO cancer warning

Oct 31, 2015

Bacon fans brush off WHO cancer warning

Standing at the meat counter at a Mariano’s grocery store in Chicago, a half-dozen customers bantered with the butchers about the recent World Health Organization (WHO) report linking processed meat to colorectal cancer. “Give me two pounds (0.9 kg) of bacon,” said Roland Marks, ...

Oct 29, 2015

Rains clear smog in Southeast Asia

Rain and favorable winds have brought clear skies to vast areas of Southeast Asia stricken for weeks by hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials expressing hope Thursday that the crisis could end soon. Parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore enjoyed the cleanest air ...

Oct 18, 2015

Farm chief eyes promotional blitz to brace for TPP

Hiroshi Moriyama, minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said Sunday the government will consider a new program to promote domestic farm products under the landmark free trade accord involving Japan, the United States and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. Under the plan, contributions will ...

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Oct 11, 2015

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Hiroshi Moriyama, the new farm minister, stressed in a recent interview that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will provide Japanese farmers with opportunities to boost sales in overseas markets. “We’ve secured tariff cuts and elimination for beef, rice, tea and fishery products” from other countries ...

Sep 23, 2015

U.S. dairy exporter pushes for TPP deal acceptable to Congress

Japan and other nations need to open their dairy markets further to hammer out a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal that is acceptable to Congress, Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, suggested. “If Japan, Canada, New Zealand want an agreement that ...