Rubber boom fuelling SE Asia land grabs: report
14/05/2013 8:59 am
Vietnamese rubber firms bankrolled by an arm of the World Bank and Germany's Deutsche Bank are driving a land-grabbing crisis in Southeast Asia, activists said Monday.
US Supreme Court finds for Monsanto in seed patent battle
14/05/2013 8:19 am
The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto Monday over an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant.
Bugs are food of the future: UN agency
13/05/2013 2:57 pm
Beetles, caterpillars and wasps could supplement diets around the world as an environmentally friendly food source if only Western consumers could get over their "disgust", the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.
Sumatran orangutans' rainforest home faces new threat
06/05/2013 11:29 am
A baby Sumatran orangutan swings playfully on a branch at an Indonesian rescue centre, a far cry from the terror he endured when his pristine rainforest home was razed to the ground.
EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides
30/04/2013 9:05 am
The European Commission said Monday it would impose the world's first continent-wide ban on three pesticides which environmentalists say are killing the bees that pollinate Europe's crops.
India predicted to receive normal monsoon rains
29/04/2013 9:55 am
India will receive normal monsoon rains this year, the government said on Friday, boosting prospects of a stronger performance this year by Asia's third-largest economy.
EU set to ban pesticides blamed for decline of bees: source
26/04/2013 8:45 am
The EU appears set to impose a two-year ban on the use of insecticides blamed for a sharp and worrying decline in bee populations, an EU source said Thursday.
Life is sweet for beekeepers in Greece, but for how long?
22/04/2013 8:47 am
The rosemary season has ended, but sage is in full bloom.
Greenpeace protest over bee deaths at Swiss firm
18/04/2013 9:07 am
Greenpeace activists claiming pesticides decimate bee populations protested Wednesday at the headquarters of Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta, hanging a huge banner outside.
Salt-tolerant rice bred at Philippines institute
17/04/2013 9:45 am
Scientists have successfully bred a rice variety that is salt-tolerant, which could enable farmers to reclaim coastal areas rendered useless by sea water, a Philippine-based institute said Tuesday.