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Agriculture

Tuber terrorists: Canada’s Mounties hunt ‘evil cowards’ spiking eco-potatoes with pins and needles
Potato fields in Canada's Prince Edward Island have been targeted by food terrorists who’ve found ways to put sharp objects into tubers grown there. Desperate farmers are offering a half-million Canadian dollars (US$400,000) reward to catch the culprits.

01.07.2015 11:07

Penis peppers: Erotically-shaped fruit, veggie ‘rude seeds’ grip Barcelona
A new, saucier way to attract tourists has appeared in Barcelona, with erotically-shaped fruit and vegetable seeds now sold on the local flower stalls. Penis peppers, “vulva flowers,” and breast-shaped melons (with nipples) are currently on offer.

01.07.2015 06:36

Mega-merger: Monsanto still seeks takeover of Syngenta, world's largest crop chemical company
Transnational agrochemical and seed giant Monsanto has reiterated its desire to merge with fellow chemical-producing behemoth Syngenta, a company that has already rebuffed three previous purchase attempts by Monsanto.

29.06.2015 19:55

GM wheat crop fails to repel bugs, £3m trial branded ‘a waste’
A controversial trial of genetically modified (GM) wheat has failed to repel pests any more effectively than ordinary crops, scientists have found.

25.06.2015 13:24

If he can do it... Disabled Russian farmer builds everything with his own hands
A hero revisited: Remember we told you about a Russian farmer with palsy in a remote Russian village who lost his fortune but never gave up? Thanks to the thousands who saw the story online, his life is getting better, and his self-built farm even bigger.

21.06.2015 01:18

Hong Kong-sized plot of Russian land leased to Chinese agrofirm
Chinese corporation Zoje Resources Investment has leased a large plot of land in Russia’s Transbaikal region for agricultural exploitation. The Chinese corporation is expected to invest estimated $450 million into the project over the next 49 years.

16.06.2015 05:19

Drone sent to ‘investigate’ mysterious crop circles in southern Russia (VIDEO)
Puzzled by the “alien patterns” in a wheat field in the Republic of Adygea earlier this week, local residents sent a drone to investigate the series of mysterious crop circles. Meanwhile similar shapes have also surfaced in the Moscow region.

12.06.2015 03:42

​Monsanto plans 'corporate inversion' move to UK, wooed by Osborne’s low taxes
Monsanto, the agrochemical and seed giant, is eyeing a move to the UK as part of a complex merger with Swiss rival Syngenta that would take advantage of Chancellor George Osborne’s lower corporation tax rate.

09.06.2015 09:27

Russia ‘never viewed Europe as a mistress’ – Putin
Russia has never sought a no-obligation kind of relationship with Europe, and has always called for a serious partnership, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that touched on EU sanctions, energy disputes and severed business ties with Ukraine.

06.06.2015 06:15

​Eggs of world’s deadliest spider found in English supermarket
Eggs laid by the world’s most venomous spider have been discovered in a batch of bananas at an English supermarket, causing the store to be temporarily shut down.

05.06.2015 12:34

Russia may lift food ban if West drops sanctions – Russian deputy PM
The terms of Russia’s food embargo depend on actions of Western partners, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Moscow may lift the ban introduced last year as a counter-measure if West lifts its anti-Russia sanctions, he said.

02.06.2015 10:13

​Mystery of Swiss cheese holes solved after century of research
The cause of those characteristic holes in Swiss cheese has finally been determined – and it only took researchers about 100 years to solve the mystery.

28.05.2015 16:53