| May 15, 2015

Asia eyes Japan defense option

by May Masangkay

Since Japan has taken a major step toward defending other countries, nations in Southeast Asia are paying attention to the move as a potential way to rein in China’s recent muscle-flexing. However, there are limits to what Japan’s troops can do in Asia, experts ...

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

May 15, 2015

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

U.S. honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies in the past year, the second highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a preliminary report this week. The losses from April 2014 to April 2015 are considered too high to be sustainable — ...

May 14, 2015

U.S. develops first government label for GMO-free products

The U.S. Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. The USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — ...

May 13, 2015

No need for haste on TPP deal

The government must resist the temptation to make concessions that won't benefit Japan in its effort to conclude TPP negotiations with the U.S.