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China's opaque approach to rice data is becoming a massive concern

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China's opaque approach to rice data is becoming a massive concern

By RJ Whitehead

China’s rice production is proving to be a conundrum for analysts and food organisations the world over. The simple fact is, nobody knows with any degree of certainty what’s happening there, and what little that can be divined is nothing short of puzzling.

UN endorses Australian's call for the world to eat more insects

Asian tastes

UN endorses Australian's call for the world to eat more insects

By RJ Whitehead

A book released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s forestry department attempts to persuade Westerners that they should see insects as a potential key food source for the future. This will no doubt please Australian “science communicator”...

Bouman: Don’t just ban pesticides, find other ways to protect rice

Bouman: Don’t just ban pesticides, find other ways to protect rice

By RJ Whitehead

In the wake of the European Commission’s announcement that it will adopt a proposal to restrict the use of three pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoid family, rice research guru Bas Bouman has called for Asia to take different approaches, including...

World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

Commodities

World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

By RJ Whitehead

The recent rise of India as a rice exporter and of China—somewhat unexpectedly—as an importer is paving the way for increased uncertainty to the global market for the crop, according to one expert at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Surprise slump in Asian cocoa grind

Asian cocoa grind falls 10.8%

Cocoa grinds in Asia were widely expected to rise but have declined sharply by 10.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to last year.

Food industry has big role to play in Asean single market

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Food industry has big role to play in Asean single market

By Beverly Postma, executive director of Food Industry Asia

As the deadline for the creation of single common market across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fast approaches, the food industry has stepped up to demonstrate that the private sector can play a meaningful role in accelerating the...

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