Jan 11, 2016

Singapore to consider easing restrictions on Fukushima food items

Singapore has agreed to “positively” consider a request to ease import restrictions on food and other farm products from Fukushima Prefecture, according to Japanese officials. Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s national development minister, said in a meeting Sunday with agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama that he will ...

Jan 8, 2016

Lost Canadian beer still drinkable after 120 years: researcher

A bottle nearly as old as Canada discovered last year contained a bitter-tasting beer that was just about drinkable but not very good, a researcher who tested it said Thursday. The bottle from the “Alexander Keith” brewery was nearly full when a diver recovered ...

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Jan 8, 2016

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Rice remains a Japanese staple but per-head consumption has fallen consistently for more than half a century as diets have diversified. Since the end of World War II, the dinner table has undergone significant changes in Japan. In the aftermath of the war, many ...

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Jan 7, 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China’s northeast, said the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace on Wednesday in a report that may generate further distrust of the government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply. Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO ...

Low-carbohydrate food market expanding in Japan

Jan 7, 2016

Low-carbohydrate food market expanding in Japan

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The market for low-sugar food is expanding in Japan, reflecting recognition that moderate carbohydrate restrictions are an effective way to address lifestyle-related diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. The Eat & Fun Health Association, which promotes low-carbohydrate diets, recommended in November a set ...