Apr 23, 2015

Fatal attraction for pesticide-addicted bees

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday. Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, ...

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000 in season's first auction

Apr 13, 2015

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000 in season's first auction

A brand-name pair of mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture was auctioned off for ¥300,000 ($2,495) on Monday at a wholesale market in the prefectural capital, matching last year’s record high. Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) mangoes are selected under strict criteria including weight, ...

Apr 12, 2015

Canada glaciers may shrink by 70% by 2100

The glaciers of western Canada, one of the world’s most picturesque mountain regions, are likely to largely melt away over just three generations, scientists say. By 2100, the glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia are set to shrink by 75 percent in area compared ...

Apr 3, 2015

Cabinet approves JA-Zenchu reform bill

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday approved a bill to help reform the agriculture sector by estranging a politically powerful farming lobby by revising agriculture laws. The move is part of Abe’s effort to ensure long-term economic growth through structural reforms. The government ...

Apr 1, 2015

Nation's food self-sufficiency rate

Instead of setting excessively high targets for food self-sufficiency, maintaining an open trade system and diverse sources of food imports should be the priority for Japan in its quest for food security.