Aug 18, 2016

Prehistoric Mexicans pioneered raising rabbits for food

Native people living in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, now a World Heritage site located in modern-day Mexico, likely bred rabbits to eat and used their bones for tools, researchers said Wednesday. The study, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, represents one of the ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

Aug 11, 2016

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are ...

Aug 2, 2016

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate misses target again

The nation’s food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie intake basis was 39 percent in fiscal 2015 for the sixth year in a row, falling short of the government target of 45 percent, the farm ministry said Tuesday. In the year through March, the self-sufficiency ...

Kubota group starting production of grapes for wine

Jun 28, 2016

Kubota group starting production of grapes for wine

The Kubota Corp. group has started producing grapes on its farms, which have mainly produced rice for export, according to sources. To expand its foundation for agricultural business, the group will produce grapes, which are increasingly in high demand for wine production, the sources ...

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 ...