Aug 5, 2014

Tax hike keeps Japan's food self-sufficiency from slipping

Japan maintained a food self-sufficiency rate of 39 percent measured by calorific intake in fiscal 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, avoiding a decrease thanks to increased rice demand ahead of the consumption tax hike, farm ministry data showed Tuesday. The ministry said that ...

Jul 18, 2014

Wheat's genome is unveiled

As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread — wheat bread, that is. An international team of scientists Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of wheat in an accomplishment that may help guide the breeding of varieties ...

Jul 18, 2014

Criminal charge recommended against Yingluck

An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand’s ousted prime minister over her government’s rice subsidy program, which cost the country billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction ...

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

Jul 11, 2014

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

In 1992, a pair of scientists had a brain wave: How about inserting genes into rice that would boost its vitamin A content? By doing so, tens of millions of poor people who depend on rice as a staple could get a vital nutrient, ...

Jul 7, 2014

Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister

Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal’s president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country’s new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor. Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, ...

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? ...