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Argentina becomes first country to approve genetically modified wheat

Buenos Aires - Argentina has become the first country to approve the growth and consumption of genetically modified wheat, the country's agriculture ministry announced Thursday.

Health chief plants cannabis as Thailand eyes medicinal market

Bangkok - Thailand's health minister helped plant cannabis seedlings Thursday as the government nurtures plans to harvest the multibillion-dollar potential of medical marijuana.

Changing economy and climate hit Austria's Alpine pastures

Pertisau - With tender care, Sepp Rieser adorns the bulky heads of his reluctant cows with flower wreaths, adds some more fir twigs, and adjusts the large bells around their necks.

Green shoots: Rooftop farming takes off in Singapore

Fpo - On the rooftop of a Singapore shopping mall, a sprawling patch of eggplants, rosemary, bananas and papayas stand in colourful contrast to the grey skyscrapers of the city-state's business district.

Farmers block rails and roads in India to protest new bills

New Delhi - Angry farmers took to the streets and blocked roads and railways across India on Friday, intensifying protests over major new farming legislation they say will benefit only big corporates.

Polish parliament passes animal rights law

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Friday passed an animal rights law that had angered fur farmers and kosher meat producers and divided the country's right-wing governing alliance.

China's crash diet begs the question: is it facing a food crisis?

Shanghai - A national campaign to curb mounting food waste in China is feeding speculation that the supply outlook is worse than the government admits and fuelling warnings food could become another front in the worsening US-China rivalry.

An irresistible scent makes locusts swarm, study finds

Apo - The coronavirus isn't the only plague making headlines this year -- locusts are devastating crops in several parts of the world, and now scientists are discovering why the pest forms destructive swarms.On its own, a locust is fairly harmless.

Supercomputer reveals most influential parameters for crop yield

Skoltech researchers have used the supercomputer to perform a precise sensitivity analysis to reveal crucial parameters for different crop yields in the chernozem region of Russia. This area has a fertile soil that can produce high agricultural yields

'Not marijuana': US hemp farmers battle tough market and thieves

Stanley - When she planted hemp to make extra money for her family farm, Susan Corbett did not imagine thieves would find their way to her rural plot in Virginia to steal the plants.

Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever

Montevideo - The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and unlawful occupation of their ancestral territories.

Virus highlights plight of Europe's migrant farm hands

Paris - From Romania, Poland, Morocco and Thailand, thousands of people flock to Western Europe each year to help farmers harvest precious crops, often paid low wages for long, backbreaking days of work.

Decline in wild bees has impact on global food security

Crop yields for key crops like apples, cherries and blueberries are down across the U.S. because of a lack of bees in agricultural areas, according to a recent study. This could have serious implications for global food security.

In globalised market, French growers embrace 'slow-flowers' movement

Paris - In Amsterdam's suburbs, the forklift trucks have already resumed their incessant loading of crates of flowers as the Netherlands' horticulture giants get back to deliveries across the globe after the virus lockdown.

Azerbaijan villagers plead for water as vital river dries up

- The village of Banka in Azerbaijan should have plentiful supplies of water as it lies beside one of the country's mightiest rivers, the Kura.

Wild bee decline threatens major US crops: study

Paris - Wild bees are worth some $1.5 billion to key fruit and vegetable crops in North America, according to new research that warned declines in these pollinators threatens the productivity of economically important agriculture.

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

Paris - At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.

The uphill struggle on the terraces of Amalfi's lemon growers

Amalfi - Squeezed by foreign competition and a lack of local labour, Italy's Amalfi lemon growers persevere in their gruelling work on the steep terraces rising from the Mediterranean.

Syria pistachio farmers return to orchards after years of war

Hama - Pruning scissors in hand, Syrian pistachio farmer Fadi al-Mahmoud inspected his orchard, hoping for his first harvest after years of war, as nearby army de-miners swept the ground for buried explosives.

Fruit pickers sweat as virus flares in northern Spain

Fraga - In the verdant orchards of northeastern Spain, Guinean national Said Doumbia is picking nectarines in a job that earns him just 5.25 euros (nearly $6) per hour.

Pakistan battles locusts by turning them into chicken feed

Lahore - Chickens in Pakistan have been feasting on captured locusts under an initiative to combat swarms of the insects that are threatening food supplies in the impoverished country.

Drought drives Australia's sheep flock to record low

Sydney - Years of drought in Australia's east has caused the national sheep flock to shrink to the lowest levels since records began more than a century ago, agricultural figures revealed Thursday.Farmers sold-off or disposed of Aus$21 billion (US$13.

Indian drones pursue locusts as swarms destroy swathes of crops

New Delhi - Huge swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, prompting authorities Tuesday to step up their response to the country's worst plague in nearly three decades.

Ukraine workers skirt lockdowns to rescue European farms

Kiev - In an almost empty terminal at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Yuriy was waiting in a busy line of 200 seasonal workers to check in for a lone flight to Finland.

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

Sydney - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers Tuesday, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus.

Italian rice puts pasta in the shade during pandemic

Robbio - Europe's top rice producer Italy has seen consumption of the staple rise throughout the coronavirus pandemic, putting even pasta in the shade.It's not just popular at home either -- China itself has even signed a deal to import Italian rice.

Rain brings optimism for drought-plagued Aussie farmers

Tamworth - The coronavirus has brought new challenges for Australia's drought and bushfire-stricken farmers, but recent sustained rainfall and green shoots are now spurring hope of better times ahead.

Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by virus, drought

Selva Di Fasano - Floriana Fanizza gazes desolately at her celery crop, lost to the coronavirus because it could not be harvested.Italian farmers are being brought to their knees by a six-week lockdown aimed at stopping a deadly epidemic in its tracks.

Dutch destroy millions of flowers as coronavirus wilts sales

Naaldwijk - It's tulip season in The Netherlands but this year growers are destroying millions of flowers a day, in unprecedented scenes as the coronavirus pandemic has cut demand.

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Punjab - Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.
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