Jul 2, 2014

Singapore eases import ban on Fukushima products

Singapore eased at the end of June its import ban on food from Fukushima Prefecture, home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has said. The government of Singapore approved the restart of imports of food ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Jun 28, 2014

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine. Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws high above ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Jun 1, 2014

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Wine and tea, though one is alcoholic and the other is not, are not remote relatives in their rituals and cultivation, according to a newly opened exhibition in Beijing. Both are symbols of conviviality and lifestyle, have been consumed for thousands of years and ...

Syrians fret over taste of war food

| May 31, 2014

Syrians fret over taste of war food

As Syria approaches a surreal presidential election in the midst of civil war, the capital has avoided the worst of the conflict but reminders are increasingly coming out the water taps and appearing on the dinner table, to the dismay of Damascenes. Before the ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...