Traditional and staple foods

Australian egg body drops QA programme

Australian egg body drops QA programme

By RJ Whitehead

The Australian Egg Corporation (AECL) has advised Australia’s trademark administrators that it will withdraw its current application for a certification trade mark covering an enhanced quality assurance programme for the Australian egg industry. 

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

By RJ Whitehead

After a decade of rising profits on the back of Chinese demand for coal and iron ore, Japan's two biggest biggest trading companies are shifting focus to food as bulk commodity prices and demand continue to wane. 

Big plans for Chinese berry in Australia

Big plans for Chinese berry in Australia

By RJ Whitehead

New varieties of the Chinese red bayberry fruit are nearing production after successful trials were held by growers, while a deal to market the produce is in the offing. 

Greenpeace gone too far with Golden Rice scandal

Comment

Greenpeace gone too far with GM Golden Rice scandal

By RJ Whitehead

“Human guinea pigs”, “gambling with health” and “shadowy research project”—the terms came thick and fast in Greenpeace’s revelation about Golden Rice earlier this year.

New Zealand outlaws battery hen cages

New Zealand outlaws battery hen cages

By RJ Whitehead

The most commonly used cages for housing layer hens will be phased out in New Zealand by 2022 under a new code of welfare issued by the minister for primary industries, David Carter.

Sweeter, more blight-resistant watermelon on the cards

Science

Sweeter, more blight-resistant watermelon on the cards

By RJ Whitehead

Evidence from a significant study now suggests that watermelon is a vital species for genetic research on account of its small genome size, and its diverse genetic mutants and variants. The findings also pave the way for research into genetic improvement...

Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

State of the industry

Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

By RJ Whitehead

Earlier this month a small story made its way into the Times of India—the country’s biggest-selling newspaper—to announce the opening of a shop that sells only organic products. For the rest of the world, this might be humdrum, but for India the event...

Sugar farmers have been waiting a long time for the rules to change

Lobbies wade into Indian sugar regulation debate

By RJ Whitehead

Now some time has passed since the Rangarajan Committee revealed its recommendations to remove restrictions on the sugar sector, industry groups have begun to put pressure on the government to accept or reject its findings.

Malaysia slams France’s proposal for ‘Nutella tax’

Malaysia slams France’s proposal for ‘Nutella tax’

By RJ Whitehead

A French politician’s calls for a “Nutella tax” have been met with anger in Malaysia. Central to the terms of the proposal, which will be voted on in Paris this week, lies a 300% duty increase on palm oil imports to the country.

Dr Sam Mohanty

Expert comment

Why does everyone hate the Thai rice mortgage scheme?

By Dr Samarendu Mohanty, International Rice Research Institute

The Thai rice mortgage scheme continues to receive a fair amount of media bashing even after completing its first anniversary last month.