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Study finds calcium supplements have no benefit for old bones

Plus: TPP deal praised by industry; Scientists gain greater understanding of arid region’s water systems; and Consumer body clarifies free-range guidelines in online guide.

Trans Pacific Partnership conclusion on dairy 'far from perfect,' says Fonterra

Fonterra has blamed the "entrenched protectionism" of the US dairy sector for the "far from perfect" conclusion to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. 

‘Heal all’ herb shows cognitive health benefits, for mice at least

Daily consumption of extracts from Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina may enhance cognitive function in lab mice, says a new study from South Korea.

Global seed data pool gains data of thousands of rice genomes

The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) has filed the genomic sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties in a move that boosts plans to set up a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources.

Shilajit supplements may boost testosterone for healthy men: RCT

Daily supplements of purified Shilajit, an Ayurvedic ingredient, may boost testosterone levels in healthy men by 20%, says a new study.

Drive for regional food security lessening, says SOAS professor

Food security has become less urgent for Middle East states, but many are still pursuing “macro food sovereignty” policies to ensure long-term supply, according to a SOAS academic.

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Ficci report: One-third of Indian pesticides are dangerous fakes

Plus: SL health minister demands tough response to NCD epidemic; FAO applauds Nepal’s constitutional food rights provisions; Spice update: Chilli princes through the roof, though ginger has stabilised; and Gujarat shrimp farm debuts India’s first automated harvester.

Entrepreneur looks to add beer syrup to the craft cocktail lexicon

Craft beer is a versatile drink, with flavors spanning from light and fruity to dark and ashy. Kentucky native Russ Meredith has taken versatility a step further, concocting a way craft beer can be used in cocktails, as a meat glaze and even on top of waffles.

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