California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

Jul 2, 2015

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to establish a system to certify chefs who cook Japanese food abroad. The system will grade chefs on their cooking skills, sanitary knowledge and understanding of food culture and issue “dan” ranks like martial arts schools do ...

Jun 24, 2015

Decades-old meat seized in China raids

Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat — some of it rotting and more than 40 years old — has been seized in China, reports said Wednesday. More than 100,000 tons of chicken wings, beef and pork worth up to 3 ...

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

Jun 23, 2015

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

For many residents of the town of Yulin in southern China, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends — and consume copious amounts of dog meat. Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the ...

Jun 21, 2015

China, Japan discuss easing 3/11 curbs on food imports

A farm ministry official has met with a senior Chinese official in charge of food inspections to request that restrictions be eased of foods from areas tainted by radiation by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, sources said Sunday. During the meeting Friday in Beijing, ...

Jun 20, 2015

Mumbai liquor poisoning kills at least 74

The death toll from India’s latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on Saturday, Mumbai police said. Dhananjay Kulkarni, police deputy commissioner in the western Indian city, said the number who had died from drinking ...

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Jun 19, 2015

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Production in North Korea’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency says, leading to food shortages. U.N. representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on June 10 and found that the ...

Jun 18, 2015

Muslims worldwide to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday

Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day ...