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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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Heart-shaped lemons a hit in Japan

A farm in Japan has succeeded in producing a heart-shaped lemon. The product has become highly popular with restaurants and bakeries across Japan for Valentine's Day, reported Asahi Shimbun, a...
US chicken farmers sue poultry companies for alleged corruption

US chicken farmers sue poultry companies for alleged corruption

Chicken farmers in the US state of Oklahoma sued poultry companies for allegedly sharing payment data with one another , in order to keep producer pay below competitive levels, news...
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World Wetlands Day: Agriculture can use wetlands sustainably

Agriculture can sustainably make use of wetlands; it is not a case of not utilising them at all, but rather using them wisely.
Seychelles bans SA tomato imports due to suspected TLM

Seychelles bans SA tomato imports due to suspected TLM

The island nation of the Seychelles has reportedly banned the import of tomatoes from South Africa. This follows Botswana’s recent and ongoing ban on fresh produce imported from South Africa...

Vets’ training remains key priority for OIE

Safeguarding the training of vets remains a top priority for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the organisation is committed to developing appropriate guidelines for their education.
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Tree nut and dried fruit production set to increase

Estimates for global tree nut production for the 2015/2016 season currently stand at 3,8 million tons, and it is expected to reach 4,02 million tons, a 5,77% increase, in 2016/2017.
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Moratorium on peatland drainage

Indonesia recently issued a moratorium on the conversion of peatland in order to curb carbon emissions from drained or burnt wetlands, according to a statement issued by Nirarta Samadhi, director...

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Since importing his first Damaras from Namibia in the late 1980s, stud breeder Frank Blumenthal has firmly believed in the integrity of the breed. The Free State farmer says that...

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