Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

World / Science & Health Nov 4, 2013

Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

by Brady Dennis

Flip on a television anywhere across Washington state and within minutes the barrage of advertisements makes clear that the latest fight over whether to require companies to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients has turned expensive and polarizing — not to mention perplexing for ...

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Environment Nov 3, 2013

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

Business Oct 25, 2013

Farmers to focus on fighting fat in face of tariff cuts

From rice for controlling blood glucose levels to soybeans that reduce fatty acids, the government is seeking new ways to make money from agriculture as pressure mounts to cut the tariffs that farmers rely on to make a living. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration estimates ...

Business Oct 25, 2013

Rice subsidies for big players only?

The Abe administration and ruling bloc are planning to make large-scale farms the only recipients of rice subsidies as a way to improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, officials said Friday. They are considering using rice acreage as a ...

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Business Aug 19, 2013

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

by Hiroko Nakata

Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic "agripreneurism" effort. The plants are in a temperature- and water-controlled greenhouse 2½ meters ...

World / Science & Health Aug 4, 2013

Bacteria-killing chemicals may be masking salmonella

The Agriculture Department is reviewing research that shows new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the meat that consumers buy, according to records and interviews. Academic researchers agree that the chemicals could ...

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

Business May 14, 2013

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

by Hiroko Nakata

Close to Narita International Airport, on a 6.7-hectare patch of ground where spinach, radishes, "komatsuna" and carrots are grown, stands a white sign with the words "Lawson Farm" in blue lettering. The farm, in the city of Katori, is indeed run by convenience store giant ...