Jul 6, 2015

Honeybee deaths surging in Japan due to rice paddy pesticides

Mass deaths of honeybees are increasing in Japan, due apparently to pesticides used for killing stink bugs in rice paddies, according to a study by the agricultural ministry. The ministry found that many cases of large-scale honeybee deaths occurred when such pesticides were sprayed ...

Mar 16, 2015

Japan launches initiative to boost rice exports to Singapore

A rice export association has launched an initiative to sell more rice to Singapore, taking advantage of the wealthy city-state’s appetite for Japanese cuisine. The program, titled “This is Japan Quality,” was developed by the Japan Rice and Rice Industry Export Promotion Association in ...

Japanese rice: The new, safe luxury food in China

Jan 26, 2015

Japanese rice: The new, safe luxury food in China

First it was European infant formula, then New Zealand milk. Now Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods they will bring in from abroad at luxury prices because they fear the local alternatives aren’t safe. The volume of rice ...

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Dec 19, 2014

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Rice cultivation expert Tatsushi Tsuboi has spent a lifetime promoting the grain’s production in Africa, a continent with chronic food shortages. His efforts to combat starvation and boost economic development in Africa led to his winning this year’s Niigata International Food Award, a biennial ...