Tag - agriculture



An agricultural robot used in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. The agriculture ministry is currently supporting the development and testing of related technologies by companies in 217 districts across Japan.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 25, 2023
As farmers gray, Japan pins hopes on robots and smart agriculture
The agriculture ministry is currently supporting the development and testing of related technologies by companies in 217 districts across Japan.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda sits next to Ukraine’s  Ambassador to the United Nations Sergіy Kyslytsya during a ministerial level meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine in New York on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Poland halts supply of arms to Ukraine as grain dispute escalates
Warsaw reacted to remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the U.N. General Assembly accusing countries of feigning solidarity.
A rendering of Interstellar Technologies' rocket, Zero, expected to be fueled by liquefied biomethane produced by Air Water
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 18, 2023
Cow waste to be transformed into rocket fuel for space startup
Air Water said it would begin conducting trials in the fall, with the fuel to be loaded on a rocket created by startup firm Interstellar Technologies.
Farmers harvest rice in a field in Chai Nat province, Thailand.
Sep 18, 2023
Soaring rice prices sow hope and trouble for Thai farmers
Thailand's centuries-old rice cultivation system is under severe stress from climate change and unsustainable farm debts.
Olive producers check a tree surrounded by a living cover crop in an olive grove in Santiesteban del Puerto, near Jaen, Spain.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Sep 15, 2023
In climate fight, Europe's farmers turn to tech and tradition
Spain and Italy are the world's top producers of olive oil, but the industry is under threat from desertification and drought.
A man harvests coffee berries in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 14, 2023
Coffee firms underprepared for EU deforestation law: report
Desperate farmers excluded by the law might be forced to expand into forested areas and increase output to survive, defeating the law's purpose.
Children learn about nature on one of Odyssey's fishing trips in 2022.
Sep 6, 2023
After 3/11, an environment education rethink takes shape in Japan
The thinking behind Odyssey is that interacting with nature will foster an ability to think critically about current socioenvironmental issues.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 5, 2023
Turkey's Erdogan says Black Sea grain deal can be restored soon
Russia quit the deal in July, complaining that its own food and fertilizer exports faced serious obstacles.
Fisheries minister Tetsuro Nomura apologizes at the ministry on Thursday after calling treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant "contaminated."
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 1, 2023
Fisheries minister under fire for ‘contaminated water’ gaffe
“Contaminated water” is the expression used by China, and Japan has been extremely critical of Beijing's labeling.
A farmer examines rice in a paddy near a farm house in Dhaka.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Sep 1, 2023
First crops, now animals: Climate change hurts Bangladesh farmers
The country's coastal regions, which make up a third of all arable land, have been hit by worsening drought, heat and water scarcity.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida eats fish from Fukushima Prefecture at a luncheon on Wednesday.
Aug 30, 2023
Kishida eats 'safe and delicious' Fukushima fish
"This is very good," Kishida said as he chewed on a slice of flounder sashimi, calling on viewers to enjoy Japanese seafood.
A farmer tries to beat out a fire in abandoned farming land amid a drought in Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka.
Aug 30, 2023
Drought deals second blow as Sri Lanka struggles back from crisis
The southwest monsoon farmers rely on for the summer harvest was scant this year because of the El Nino weather pattern
Native Englander Paul Christie now spends most of his time rebuilding declining communities across the rural stretches of southwest Japan.
Aug 29, 2023
One tour company’s mission to ‘revive a small corner of Japan’
Launched in 2007, the “Community Project” was devised to reinvigorate two neighboring valleys on the Kunisaki Peninsula.
Visitors to Dateka Vegefuru, a farmers market in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture, line up to purchase Akatsuki peaches on Aug. 3.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Aug 28, 2023
Climate change upends Fukushima peach harvest season
One farmer said around 30% of his peaches couldn’t be shipped as the intense heat made the fruit too ripe.
A leaf of a sorghum plant after it was eaten by a crop-eating armyworm at a farm in Settlers, South Africa
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 26, 2023
Climate change is helping pests and diseases destroy our food
Pests and diseases are exacerbating crop shortages that have sent prices for goods like cocoa, olive oil and orange juice soaring.
Sheep rest under a starry night in Pontimia Pasture in the Swiss Alps.
Aug 25, 2023
Crying wolf to save livestock and their predator
Preservation groups have hailed the return of wolves, seeing it as a sign of a healthier ecosystem. But breeders decry soaring attacks on livestock.
A brown bear codenamed "OSO18" in Shibecha, Hokkaido, on June 25
Aug 23, 2023
Hokkaido's elusive cattle-attacking 'ninja bear' shot by hunter
The brown bear is believed to have attacked a total of 66 cows since the summer of 2019.
Rice planting in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture. Satellite data could greatly improve how global farmers respond to climate change.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 21, 2023
How satellites are helping farmers adapt to global warming
Farther than the eye can see, advances in satellite data are giving global farmers the tools to better manage their fields in a rapidly changing climate.
Residents walk past trees and powerlines that were downed following the passage of Hurricane Fiona, later downgraded to a post-tropical storm, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 2022.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 19, 2023
Climate haven no more? Floods and fires ravage eastern Canada
Storms, floods, a cold snap and record wildfires have all battered the eastern province of Nova Scotia over the past year.
A man scoops up millet from a sack for a photograph at a wholesale market in India.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 15, 2023
'Superfood' millet may be arid regions' answer to climate change
The forgotten crop is making a global comeback riding on its high nutritional value and ability to grow on arid land.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan