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World slowly waking up to what Asia has known for years

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World slowly waking up to what Asia has known for years

By RJ Whitehead

It is no secret Malaysia has a strict halal verification process and its certification is accepted across all Muslim countries, including the Middle East. But why did the country embark on a policy to tame the standards beast.

“[These countries] are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger.”

FAO praises 38 countries for halving hunger

By Shane Starling

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says better nutrition targets to battle global hunger that affects 870 million people globally are being met in 38 countries.

Asia needs real halal standards before it can compete with the West

Halal special

Asia needs real halal standards before it can compete with the West

By RJ Whitehead

When you are catering to 1.8bn Muslim shoppers in a market that, according to The Economist, is likely to grow by 35% by 2030, there is bound to be a degree of fragmentation, but when it comes to halal, it is often more a case of disorganisation.

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

By Shane STARLING

A Norwegian start-up says its patent pending compression technology has allowed it to commercialise omega-3 powder that can be formulated in hard tablets rather than capsules.

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...

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