Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Jan 8, 2016

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Droughts and extreme heat have cut national cereal production by 9 to 10 percent on average around the world in the last half-century, and the impact has worsened since the mid-1980s, researchers said. Cereal production losses averaged 13.7 percent in drought years from 1985, ...

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Jan 7, 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China’s northeast, said the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace on Wednesday in a report that may generate further distrust of the government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply. Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO ...

Dec 11, 2015

Bird flu spreads to fourth region in southwest France

France has discovered two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu, including one in the Gers region in southwest France, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, bringing to four the number of regions hit by the virus in the country. The ministry said the ...

Dec 8, 2015

Farm exports projected to hit record high in 2015

Japanese exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products as well as other foods are expected to hit a record high in 2015, agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama said. Exports of such products from January to October reached ¥602.9 billion, jumping 23.2 percent from the year ...