Traditional and staple foods

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

By RJ Whitehead

When Michael Jolley left his carob orchard in South Australia to attend his first Asian food industry show in Hong Kong recently, he was amazed by the response of visitors who had never before seen the ingredient.

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp farmers Down Under.

World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

Insight

New World Bank rules will be disastrous for indigenous peoples

By Marta Kasztelan

The World Bank has come under a barrage of criticism from rights groups, which allege its revised rules for granting loans of up to US$50bn a year to developing countries will have disastrous consequences for indigenous peoples and the poor.

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

By RJ Whitehead

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned after securing an injunction against a company...

Victorian grains to reap long-term research benefits

Australia

Victorian grains to reap long-term research benefits

By RJ Whitehead

Grain growers in the state of Victoria will benefit from a new five year agreement that will increase research and development in their industry, according to the Australian agriculture minister.

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New Zealand

Manuka honey guidelines published to combat false label claims

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has released manuka honey labelling interim guidelines to clarify what claims can be made and what constitutes the widely counterfeited and vaguely regulated variety of honey.