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Agriculture

Not playing chicken: Minnesota declares bird flu state of emergency
Minnesota is the second state to declare an emergency due to a fast-spreading bird flu epidemic at poultry farms across the Midwest. The highly contagious H5N2 strain of avian influenza has led to the killing of more than 7.3 million birds in the US.

24.04.2015 03:48

Putin urges to fill Russian market with domestic food quickly
Russian President Vladimir Putin has tasked the new Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachyov with strengthening the sector and solving import substitution goal quickly. Western food imports have been banned following the US and EU anti-Russia sanctions.

22.04.2015 10:28

California’s water conservation efforts hindered as tiered pricing ruled unconstitutional
California’s tiered water pricing has to be based on delivery costs rather than conservation incentives, a state appeals court ruled. The verdict will have major implications on California’s efforts to conserve water amidst its unprecedented drought.

21.04.2015 00:50

Embargo relief? Russia tests food from Greece, Hungary & India
Russia began quality control fruits and vegetables from Hungary, Greece, and India in order to begin imports, said Aleksey Alekseenko the head of Russia’s food inspector Rosselkhoznadzor. Next week products from Cyprus will undergo similar tests.

20.04.2015 11:57

​Co-op unable to commit to Fairtrade goods, blames economy
A British supermarket and co-operative group famed for its commitment to Fairtrade has told its members it will be unable to continue its pledge to stock the products because fierce supermarket competition makes it economically unviable.

20.04.2015 12:31

​Bee-ware: ‘Very aggressive, deadly’ Asian hornets may be headed for UK
Britain’s top bee specialists have called a ‘council of war,’ warning a species of Asian hornet with a chilling reputation could arrive in Britain with deadly results in the near future.

20.04.2015 12:15

​‘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