Native Americans move into pot business

Feb 15, 2015

Native Americans move into pot business

What is now a damp plot of bright green grass next to a Native American greenhouse in Northern California could soon set the burgeoning marijuana industry on fire. An initial state-of-the art greenhouse measuring 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) is to be erected ...

Feb 15, 2015

Apples modified to resist browning get U.S. approval

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they are bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny ...

Farming of herbs, medicinal crops growing

Feb 13, 2015

Farming of herbs, medicinal crops growing

by Michio Watanabe

Reflecting rising demand for herbal medicine, domestic cultivation of crops used to make such products is expanding. The Nara Prefectural Government launched a project at the end of 2012 to promote the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants for herbal drugs to help revitalize ...

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

Feb 4, 2015

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

by Yuka Obayashi

After December’s landslide re-election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s program to revive the nation’s economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation’s sclerotic farming industry. He will soon submit legislation to reform agriculture, a sector where a dwindling band of aging farmers ...

Feb 3, 2015

Abe's farm cooperative reforms

The Abe administration has yet to provide a convincing explanation on how its agricultural reform plan will strengthen Japan's farming sector and enhance consumer interests.

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Feb 3, 2015

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks ...

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 1, 2015

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

A British company’s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents. As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at change.org urging ...