One Japanese town bets big on high-end organic rice

National Dec 4, 2018

One Japanese town bets big on high-end organic rice

The city of Hakui in Ishikawa Prefecture is using organic rice, which is grown without pesticides or fertilizers, to compete in a growing global market. With crop prices expected to drop after the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership goes into effect at the ...

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

by Aya Takada

In the hills between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world's largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It's the company's second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — keeping the ...

Organic Champagne making a slow fizz into glasses

Business Jan 2, 2018

Organic Champagne making a slow fizz into glasses

A bubble it is not. The organic movement is only slowly taking root in France's Champagne region, although its proponents believe that environmentally friendly techniques can help the sparkling wine express even finer subtleties. Organic farming has experienced a boom in recent years, including in ...

Fukushima's organic farmers still battle stigma

Food & Drink Mar 18, 2016

Fukushima's organic farmers still battle stigma

by David Mcmahon

"All publicity is good publicity." Nowhere does this specious PR maxim ring more hollow than in Fukushima Prefecture. As if the horrors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant weren't traumatic enough, the region's ...