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Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

Paris - Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday."The bees are alive.

Monsanto loses appeal in French farmer's poisoning case

Lyon - A French court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against chemicals giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers, the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pest...

Pearls of wisdom: Japan's cultured farms still glisten

Shima - In Japan's picturesque Ago Bay, a couple sits in a little hut picking out oysters from a net, cleaning them carefully one-by-one before replacing them gently back in the water.

Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Tbili - Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.

Zimbabwe to pay partial compensation to white ex-farmers

Harare - Zimbabwe next month will start paying partial compensation to white commercial farmers whose properties were seized nearly 20 years ago under Robert Mugabe's land reforms, the government said Monday.

Salinas, CA: Where startups are innovating in AgTech

In Salinas, California, startups and large companies alike are working to solve the world’s biggest problems in agriculture, farming workforce, and food production through innovations in agtech

UN food agency launches appeal for Mozambique relief funds

Paris - The UN Food and Agricultural Organization on Friday launched an appeal for $19 million in short-term aid for farmers, fishers and other food producers in cyclone-hit Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries.

Colombia's coca growers facing stark choices over crops

Lebrija - Decades into the US-led war on drugs, coca plantations continue to surge like a green tide across ally Colombia's Catatumbo region.

North Korea food production 'lowest for a decade': UN

Seoul - North Korea recorded its worst harvest for more than a decade last year, the United Nations said Wednesday, as natural disasters combined with its lack of arable land and inefficient agriculture to hit production.

Trump urges China to remove tariffs on US agricultural products

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday urged China to abolish tariffs on agricultural products imported from the United States -- adding that trade talks between the rival powers were going well.

Italy's polluted Po Valley gasps for fresh air

Milan - It is only the end of February, but air pollution in Milan has already exceeded the legal limit for 2019, and the Po Valley swims in a soupy smog.

Austrian farmer ordered to pay widower over fatal cow attack

Vienna - An Austrian farmer has been ordered to pay 490,000 euros ($555,000) in compensation to the widower of a woman who was trampled to death by a herd of his cows in 2014.

Slovak farmers clog capital protesting alleged EU subsidy fraud

Bratislava - Farmers clogged Slovakia's capital Bratislava with around 100 tractors on Tuesday in protest against alleged fraud in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by journalist Jan Kuciak who was murdered a year ago.

Slovak farmers clog capital protesting alleged EU subsidy fraud

Bratislava - Farmers clogged Slovakia's capital Bratislava with around 100 tractors on Tuesday in protest against alleged fraud in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by journalist Jan Kuciak who was murdered a year ago.

Japan's wagyu beef looks to conquer the world

Takayama - In a lush field in the heart of the Japanese mountains, a herd of glossy black cows roam happily -- prime examples of the area's Hida brand of wagyu beef.

Interview: Israeli startup helps US farmers boost crop yields Special

A new startup out of Israel that has come to the U.S. and is starting to help American farmers improve crop yields by deploying new technology that maximizes bee pollination. Omer Davidi, co-founder and CEO of BeeHero explains.

Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet: study

Paris - The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Washington - The US Supreme Court upheld California's foie gras ban on Monday, ending a long legal battle between animal rights activists and defenders of the delicacy.

Indian farmers get $9bn loan relief ahead of elections

New Delhi - Three newly elected Indian state governments have waived up to $8.6 billion in farm loans in a bid by Rahul Gandhi's main opposition Congress party to boost support ahead of 2019 elections.

French farmers to protest as Macron battles 'yellow vest' movement

Paris - French farmers said Wednesday that they will stage a series of protests next week, adding to President Emmanuel Macron's woes as the "yellow vest" anti-tax movement rocks the country.

Desperate Indian farmers march on parliament

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of farmers and agricultural workers marched towards the Indian parliament Friday demanding debt waivers and higher crop prices, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 2019 elections.

Desperate Indian farmers march on parliament

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of farmers and agricultural workers marched towards the Indian parliament Friday demanding debt waivers and higher crop prices, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 2019 elections.

Monsanto appeals damning Roundup cancer verdict

San Francisco - Monsanto on Tuesday said it is asking an appeals court to toss out a damning verdict in a landmark Roundup weed-killer cancer trial and grant it another try.

German bank caught in DRC colonial land dispute

Frankfurt Am Main - A German state-owned bank has found itself at the centre of a battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo over agricultural land dating back to the Belgian colonial period, AFP learned Monday.

Ex-farm supervisor charged over Australia strawberry sabotage

Sydney - Police investigating a major Australian strawberry needle contamination scare that sparked nationwide panic on Monday identified a former farm supervisor as their main suspect.

Woman charged over Australia strawberry needle scare

Sydney - A woman has been charged after a "complex" investigation into an Australian strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit, police said Sunday, in a crisis that sparked nationwide panic.

Olive tree sabotage plagues Palestinian farmers

Nablus - Palestinian farmer Mahmud Abu Shinar surveys two rows of severed olive trees -- something he says has become a sadly familiar sight.

Brazil's Bolsonaro flip-flops on merging farm, environment ministries

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro flip-flopped Thursday on whether he would follow through on his plan to merge the agriculture and environment ministries, which activists warned could be disastrous for the environment.

Brazil environment ministry condemns Bolsonaro plan

Bras - Brazil's environment ministry said Wednesday that far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plan to merge it with the agriculture ministry is "reckless" and will undermine not only environmental protection but economic growth.

Agri-business lifts Argentine economy, amid tax ire

San Antonio De Areco - Federico Zerboni gazes out from his 4x4 as it rumbles across the pampas, fertile fields of rapeseed and soybean visible as far as the eye can see.
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Harvest time in China.
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Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro  Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is v...
Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is vital for increasing production and sustainable land management.
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Top 20 Commodities for 2013-2015
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Screen grab showing government officials inspecting health certificates of vendor selling pork in Fujian Province.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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Green vegetable fields in January around Qilinpu Village, Qilin Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing.
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Transgenic or GM corn in a field in Kenya. In an effort to reduce corn stem-borer infestations, corporate and public researchers partnered to develop local transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn varieties suitable for Kenya
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Family members peeling cassava on Stephania Kunda's farm in Zambia.
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Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan.
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Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Circa 1200 BCE Did the Anthropocene start with the advent of agriculture?
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AAFT's primary mission is to access, develop, adapt and deliver appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) through innovative partnerships and effective stewardship along the entire value chain.
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Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will ma...
Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will make the agricultural program a permanent part of the Hanna curriculum.
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Farmer's feed cities!
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma  CA. This year they ...
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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A smog-filled street in Peking, China.
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Global food production (blue bars) are from FAO (2011) data and nutritional recommendations (orange bars) are based on Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate model. All data are displayed in dietary servings following the CFG (Canadian Food Guidelines) and USDA guidelines.
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Ukraine is often referred to as the 'break basket of Europe" ©dobrych
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