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Agriculture

​Adieu to food waste: French govt forces supermarkets to donate to charity
The French government has taken steps to minimize food waste, banning large supermarkets from destroying unsold products. They will instead be forced to donate the goods to charities or farms.

22.05.2015 11:16

‘Extension of anti-Russian sanctions would hit Greece quite hard’
As the Greek economy is in crisis and the country is trying to attract money from any source to survive, prolongation of the sanctions against Russia would only worsen the situation, former Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos told RT.

22.05.2015 10:56

​‘Astounding lack of oversight’: UK foreign aid decried by NGOs, cautioned by watchdog
The UK government has been criticized for the increasingly close relationships it has encouraged between businesses, aid delivery and development following an audit by a development watchdog.

21.05.2015 13:07

Tokyo wants ‘new level’ in relations with Moscow – PM Abe
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is ready to improve relations with Russia to a “new level,” adding that development of friendly ties with a major neighbor is a guarantee of stability and prosperity in East Asia in the 21st century.

21.05.2015 08:13

Woolly workers: Swiss railway employs 80 sheep to ‘mow' grass along tracks
Keeping fast-growing grass at bay can be hard work, especially in the summer. But Swiss Federal Railways has come up with a way to maintain the embankments near its tracks, with the help of some very woolly (and hungry) four-legged friends.

20.05.2015 14:09

‘Ag-gag’ law targeting undercover workers adopted in North Carolina
Senators in North Carolina passed a bill penalizing all video and audio recording in restricted workplace areas. Critics say it unfairly targets whistleblowers. Previously passed by the House, the bill is now headed to the governor for signature.

19.05.2015 19:52

​Beemageddon: White House reveals national strategy to tackle honeybee decline
The dwindling number of honeybees in the US has been a constant worry for farmers in recent years – and now the White House is buzzing into action. On Tuesday, the Obama administration unveiled a new strategy aimed at protecting honeybees’ habitat.

19.05.2015 14:36

​Aldi issues mass apology after accidentally selling customers ‘Halal pork’
After mistakenly selling ‘halal’ meat products containing pork to unwitting customers across the UK, supermarket chain Aldi has been forced to apologize.

18.05.2015 15:58

Water-less Washington: State declares drought emergency
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency, citing historic low levels of snow, shrinking rivers and water restrictions to farmers already in place. Authorities are expecting a $1.2 billion crop loss this year.

15.05.2015 22:09

Booze booboo: Gorbachev admits USSR mid-80s anti-alcohol campaign 'too hasty'
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledges his anti-alcohol drive in the mid-1980s was a mistake, stressing that it should had been gradual and relentless. The campaign led to a spike in bootlegging and eroded the tax base.

15.05.2015 05:31

40 percent of US honeybee population lost over year, as mysterious die-off accelerates
The number of the so-far unexplained honeybee deaths in the US rose at a significant and “troubling” rate last year, according to a government report. The summer deaths have for the first time outnumbered the winter ones.

13.05.2015 16:08

​'EU support in Poland – split between rural farmers and urban class'
People living in the metropolitan areas of Poland view EU membership as a positive, Polish farmers and the agricultural sector have suffered, says Martin Summers independent journalist, writer and broadcaster on Eastern Europe.

12.05.2015 13:52