Jul 22, 2014

China's Xi signs Venezuela resource deals during Latin America blitz

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela Monday, his latest stop on a Latin American tour showcasing China’s growing influence in the region. During his four-country visit to what is often considered America’s back yard, Xi has ...

Marijuana edibles industry burgeoning in U.S.

Jul 20, 2014

Marijuana edibles industry burgeoning in U.S.

Marijuana edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington state legalized the recreational use of pot in the past year. The proliferation ...

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 ...

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Jul 17, 2014

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Make room, Juan Valdez, it is time to meet the green-aproned barista. On Wednesday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country that is synonymous with coffee, after decades of roasting Colombia’s Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. The three-floor ...

California preps for soda tax showdown

Jul 11, 2014

California preps for soda tax showdown

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to ...

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 9, 2014

Man dies at U.S. hot dog eating contest

An Independence Day hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him ...

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...