Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

May 13, 2016

Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

In a dark and steamy room in Indonesia’s tofu heartland, three men sweat over bubbling cauldrons, churning creamy bean curd with wooden paddles before draining it by hand and slicing it into silky cubes. Tofu has been cooked this way for generations, but today ...

In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar

May 7, 2016

In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar

At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as “Gracious,” “Warm-Hearted” and “Magical.” The last two weeks, though, have been anything but kind. Angry patrons and animal rights activists ...

May 2, 2016

No TTIP if agriculture is threatened: France

France will reject the ambitious TTIP trans-Atlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday. “We in France have to defend a certain number of principles” and be “extremely vigilant as it is the future of agriculture ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

Apr 27, 2016

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

The twin quakes that slammed Kyushu this month caused at least ¥23.6 billion of damage to agricultural and forestry businesses in Kumamoto Prefecture, the local government said Tuesday. And that is not counting damage in the worst-hit areas, which the prefectural government has yet ...

Robots needed, being developed to fill in for aging farmers

Apr 23, 2016

Robots needed, being developed to fill in for aging farmers

As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution; robots and driverless tractors. The Group of Seven agriculture ministers began their two-day meeting in Niigata on Saturday for the first time in seven years to discuss how ...