Agriculture

China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world's biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain.<p>At least eight listed companies have announced or …

China

Monsanto says Mexico revokes permit to market GMO soy in seven states

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Monsanto (NYSE:MON) Co said on Thursday that Mexico's agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA had revoked its permit to …

Stock Markets

Can biodynamic farming solve India's agricultural woes?

India is probably the only place where the principles of biodynamic farming, which began in Germany over 90 years ago, and has its share of adherents …

World News

Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.<p>The bread, made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, contains more protein than …

Europe

Home

Roll over on a SDG for more information<p>A world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living …

Espace

Farmland bird decline prompts renewed calls for agriculture overhaul

Official figures show a 9% decline between 2010-15 in birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland<p>Birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland have seen numbers decline by almost a tenth in five years, official figures show.<p>Farmland bird populations have declined by 56% since 1970, largely due …

Ecology

Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders neglect

CASSAVA and sweet potatoes. Lablab beans and water berries. Bitter gourds and sickle sennas. Elephant ears and African locusts. Some will be familiar …

Economics

How a Rice Variety Bred by an Industrious Maharashtra Farmer Was Pirated

A plant-breeder painstakingly selected plants for resowing their seeds, a common good, to arrive at a distinct and stable variety – only to see it …

Myanmar's Crisis, Bangladesh's Burden: Among the Rohingya Refugees Waiting for a Miracle

Salim is a small boy, but his voice is commanding. His favorite song once floated above the paddy fields of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, heard only by a …

World News

Besieged Syrians Are Eating Trash To Survive

Children are dying of starvation in the rebel-held region of eastern Ghouta.<p>Desperate Syrians trapped in eastern Ghouta have started eating garbage to survive as a government-imposed siege tightens around the dilapidated Damascus suburb like a noose. Many famished children in the region have …

Syria

Anson: Fifty shades of green – Wine’s big new debate?

Jane Anson looks at the rise of sustainability and 'green' initiatives in the wine world but also where the fault lines lie.<p><b>Louis Roederer’s Cristal</b> …

Chinese firm, Zambia gov't sign agricultural infrastructure development project

Chinese firm, Zambia gov't sign agricultural infrastructure development project<p>Zambian President Edgar Lungu (C) attends a commencement ceremony of …

News (China)

Depression and anxiety are increasing among farmers and we need to do more to help

New research reveals a link between poor crop yield and depression<p>As the days grow shorter and weather colder, many people are prone to feeling a …

India Cotton Exports To Drop As Pink Bollworms Eat Crop

India is likely to export nearly one-fifth less cotton than previously estimated as pink bollworms are set to eat into the south Asian country's …

Food security plan is ‘a step in the right direction’ but could cost billions

The government’s plan against hunger, if approved, may cost the already cash-strapped country more than R86 billion over the next five years.<p>An …

Activists repurpose newspaper box into food depository in Bronzeville

The red-and-white newspaper box once held editions of the Frederick News-Post, a local newspaper for a northern Maryland county of the same name.<p>Now 650 miles away, the box resides in a garden on the southeast corner of Calumet Avenue and 51st Street. It bears a fresh coat of paint, and inside its …

Black Lives Matter

The Memphis Grizzlies went green this holiday season and fed 100 families

The entire team packed and distributed baskets of farm-grown, healthy food options with members of Green Leaf Learning Farm<p>The South Memphis Farmers …

Farming

The inspection gap: Big business, big problem for Nova Scotia’s food establishments

$1.9 billion.<p>According to statistics collected by Restaurants Canada, that’s how much the food service industry in Nova Scotia rakes in in sales …

Canadian News

Foot-dragging over pesticide adds to EU’s reputation as unwieldy

in Brussels<p>Sometimes in EU affairs the way a decision is taken, or not, sheds more light on the way the bloc operates than the decision itself. Take …

Glyphosate

New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the …

Chemistry

Castel Gandolfo: Harvest time at the Pope's farm

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's harvest time at Pope Francis' farm.<p>At the 62-acre farm in the hills outside of Rome, a basket of fresh produce is prepared for the Pope's table every morning and sent down to the Vatican.<p>Special requests from Francis include broccoli and cauliflower, the farmers tell us.<p>Handmade …

Christianity

A Coffee Producer’s Guide to Soil Management & Farm Conditions

Our coffee can only be as good as the land that it’s grown on – but by my calculations, nearly 35% of coffee crops are produced in the wrong …

Coffee

Minnesota, South Dakota farmers named to soybean board

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named farmers from Minnesota and South Dakota to the United Soybean Board.<p>Lawrence Sukalski of Fairmont, …

Business

New homes plan may open doors for farmers

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>The Chancellor’s plans to facilitate the building of 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s have been welcomed by …

Endangered coffee crops in Uganda threaten families' livelihood

Damage being done to the planet by oil and other fossil fuels is putting coffee in trouble

Coffee

The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat - Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy

In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. And yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the <b>Arrell</b> …

Indigenous Peoples

Britain Must Act To Prevent A Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

Whatever the British Government’s good intentions towards Saudi Arabia, the crisis keeps getting worse<p>Saudi Arabia must end the blockade of Yemen …

Middle East

How heritage turkeys are changing Thanksgiving

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the time of year when Grandma's kitchen smells like pumpkin pie, golden leaves dance in the autumn breeze, and families are selecting the best turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner tables.<p>About 46 million turkeys are eaten each year on the last Thursday in November. Yet those …

Thanksgiving

Is there a Christmas tree shortage in Western North Carolina? Growers say yes

CLOSE<p>Melania Trump has continued the time-honored, first lady tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree. She accepted a …

Western North Carolina

Suicide Rates Increase For Quebec Farmers As Pressures Mount

Just before last Christmas, Rudy Ducreux, a young farmer from France, ended his life in the workshop on his Ducrêt farm, a stone's throw away from …

Quebec City