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Agriculture

​‘Bankruptcy closer every day, and you believe statistics?’ British-born farmer grills Putin at Q&A (VIDEO)
An expat Englishman, who runs a farm not far from Moscow, has grilled the Russian president and asked where Putin gets his statistics. The farmer said his farm and other dairy farmers were struggling to survive.

16.04.2015 15:09

​Radioactive Fukushima food could be hitting UK shops through safety loopholes
Food produced near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan could be heading to British supermarkets due to loopholes in safety laws, an investigation has revealed.

14.04.2015 08:48

​One million forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan in 2014
The Uzbek government has forced over one million people into cotton picking during the 2014 harvest, according to a damning report released by a German-based rights group.

13.04.2015 20:01

‘Grueling & hazardous’: HRW exposes Palestinian child abuse in Israeli settler farms
Human Rights Watch has heavily criticized the abuse of Palestinian children working on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying that children are working in hazardous conditions and in violation of Israeli and international law.

13.04.2015 14:17

Russia and China strike $268mn fertilizer deal
One of the world's biggest potash producers has signed a contract with the world’s largest consumer.

13.04.2015 13:16

Water rapidly vanishing in California’s biggest delta
Fresh water is mysteriously disappearing from the Sacramento-San Jose Joaquin River Delta, amid California’s worst recorded drought. The blame is being pointed at farmers, who have used the water resources for irrigation for generations.

11.04.2015 20:52

Bee careful: UK garden centers urged to drop popular pesticide to protect honeybees
British garden centers are being urged to withdraw a widely-used bug killer containing thiacloprid – a pesticide belonging to neonicotinoid group. They are controversial as many scientists believe they are contributing to the mass deaths of honeybees.

09.04.2015 17:12

​‘Greece is independent state & wants good relations with any country’ – Greek minister
Some Europeans have forgotten Greece is an independent state, which may seek good relations with other countries, said George Katrougalos, Greece's Minister for Administrative Reforms, commenting on criticism within the EU of PM Tsipras’ visit to Moscow.

09.04.2015 10:33

More than 1 million Californians lack access to clean water - study
California communities have been told to cut water use by 25 percent in the midst of a historic drought, but more than a million people don’t have access to clean drinking water. In some rural areas the water is polluted with arsenic, bacteria and more.

07.04.2015 02:57

Food prices to rise as California water restrictions cause farmer cutbacks
As California’s multi-year drought rages on, consumers in the rest of the United States may soon be feeling the pinch at the grocery store as farmers around California reduce water and plant fewer crops.

06.04.2015 23:06

Net gains: Disabled Russian farmer gets dream greenhouse after Facebook plea
A Russian farmer with cerebral palsy in Russia’s Far East has seen his dream come true after well-wishers helped him buy a greenhouse. Vladimir Tonkonog has had a number of setbacks, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to provide for his family.

04.04.2015 10:30

Russian military begin extensive water pipeline project in Crimea (VIDEO)
Ukraine’s attempts to cut off water supplies to Crimea caused significant droughts last summer, but now Russia is rushing to compensate for the deficit. The first lines of newly installed water pipes are already feeding the peninsula from artesian wells.

04.04.2015 03:23