Jul 3, 2014

Suspected mad cow disease discovered in Romanian beef

A case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Romanian beef, officials said Wednesday. Romania’s animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated that a cow slaughtered at an authorized abattoir was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

A life of lettuce has its benefits

| Jun 28, 2014

A life of lettuce has its benefits

by Michael Hoffman

Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce. There’s a village in Nagano Prefecture called Kawakami — nothing, nowhere little place, deep in the mountains, far from the main road, population 3,960. Why does Shukan Gendai magazine devote three full pages to profiling it? ...

Aussie sheep high on killer weed

Jun 2, 2014

Aussie sheep high on killer weed

When Australian farmer Tony Knight first saw a purple-flowering plant growing across the fire-scarred terrain where his sheep grazed, his first thought was that it looked like “good stock feed.” But the “pleasant-looking plant” was far from the nutritious food his livestock needed after ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

May 19, 2014

Abe vows to set up new groups to rev up farm exports

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to set up new organizations in an attempt to bolster exports of farm products, with an eye toward the establishment of a U.S.-led Pacific free trade pact. Abe also said at a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

May 14, 2014

Government panel proposes giving local farm co-ops freer hand

A government panel proposed Wednesday that local agricultural cooperatives be allowed to run their businesses with a freer hand, rather than keeping the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives as their umbrella organization, in an effort to provide a boost to the sector. The Council ...