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India’s cattle slaughter ban strongly opposed

India’s cattle slaughter ban strongly opposed

The Indian government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at livestock markets
World’s seed bank safe after water scare

World’s seed bank safe after water scare

No damage has been caused to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault or its seed stock following reports of water intrusion into the doomsday storage facility in Norway.
Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japanese experts have made a breakthrough in agricultural technology, using polymer film to grow food.
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Remote monitoring provides data on water quality

A satellite-based programme run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is monitoring water productivity and identifying water productivity gaps, according to an FAO press release.
Glyphosate non-carcinogenic, but unsafe

Glyphosate non-carcinogenic, but unsafe

After evaluating scientific data, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has found that glyphosate is non-carcinogenic, but can cause eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life.
What to expect at the 36th World Nut & Dried Fruit Congress

What to expect at the 36th World Nut & Dried Fruit...

Nearly 1 000 people from 60 different countries are expected to attend the nut and dried fruit industry’s major event of the year.
Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

The international hazelnut market is set for robust growth over the next decade, according to market researchers.
EU countries opt-out of GM crop cultivation

EU countries opt-out of GM crop cultivation

Seventeen member states of the European Union (EU) have implemented national rules to opt out of the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.
Brazilian meat processors investigated for bribery

Brazilian meat processors investigated for bribery

Brazilian meat-packing companies, Brazil Foods SA (BRF SA) and JBS SA, were recently raided by police after alleged bribery of health officials that could threaten US$12 billion (R152 billion) in...
Turning food waste into tyres

Turning food waste into tyres

According to researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) in the US, food waste could partially replace the petroleum-based filler currently used in the manufacturing of tyres.
US Fruit Growers worried about disastrous warm weather

US Fruit Growers worried about disastrous warm weather

Record high-temperatures in the eastern parts of the US could lead to crops maturing too early, which could leave them vulnerable to cold winter temperatures and frost. This was according...
China bird flu outbreak peaks

China bird flu outbreak peaks

Cases of the endemic H7N9 bird flu appears to have peaked in China but incidences of the flu are expected to continue into late April, according to epidemiologists.

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