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.

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Mar 26, 2015

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for ...

Mar 4, 2015

China plans trial program to let farmers sell land

China will carry out a groundbreaking trial program that may allow farmers to sell land, a senior official said Wednesday, a step toward liberalizing rural real estate transactions currently monopolized by the government. The ability to sell land is expected to accelerate China’s urbanization, ...

Modi bets on GM crops to feed India

Feb 22, 2015

Modi bets on GM crops to feed India

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On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government’s reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops. The GM mustard planted in ...

Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Feb 19, 2015

Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Flower nectar contains a bouquet of chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumblebees, a study said Wednesday. The findings throw up clues for helping honeybee colonies that are battling mysterious but catastrophic decline. Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on ...