Apr 13, 2011 01:12 EDT
Unseasonal rains and a cold winter have hit India's mango crop, decimating the summer harvest and sending prices soaring, traders say, as Indians grapple with the rising cost of staple foods.
Apr 12, 2011 11:40 EDT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments should be allowed to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops based on environmental concerns including the prevention of "super weeds," EU lawmakers said on Tuesday.
Apr 10, 2011 18:26 EDT
A surge in global food prices has prompted fresh criticism of US subsidies for ethanol, which diverts massive amounts of corn from global food supplies for energy.
Apr 09, 2011 15:16 EDT
In a tropical valley in Spain's Canary Islands the month of April is the time to harvest coffee, which is marketed as gourmet product and one which farmers hope to expand rapidly.
Apr 07, 2011 18:53 EDT
Corn prices surged to record peaks in the United States Thursday amid tight supply and fierce demand driven in part by rapid expansion of biofuels production.
Apr 07, 2011 17:33 EDT
FARGO, North Dakota (Reuters) - For Sherri and John Stern, who have lived together on the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota for 16 years, building a sandbag barrier is step one in an annual flood battle -- a 24-hour pumping operation comes next.
Apr 06, 2011 21:50 EDT
MILAN (Reuters) - Global food prices measured by the U.N.'s food agency may have come off record highs in March after falls in grain prices, but supply concerns and soaring oil prices mean such a move could just be a pause before new peaks.
Apr 05, 2011 14:21 EDT
PARIS (Reuters Life!) - French foie gras prices could swell this year due to a surge in maize prices but the increase should have little impact on sales and exports which continued to rise last year, producers said on Tuesday.
Apr 05, 2011 09:37 EDT
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Brazil's 2011 soybean harvest could turn out better than expected despite damaging rain with crop yields higher than previously forecast, Hamburg-based oilseeds analysts Oil World said on Tuesday.
Apr 02, 2011 15:06 EDT
Ecologically friendly Ecuadoran banana producers, with the help of President Rafael Correa, are trying to secure their niche in a market dominated by multi-national giants.
Mar 30, 2011 23:04 EDT
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's wheat crop is suffering from a serious outbreak of disease and the spread of pests this year due to the dry spring, the ministry of agriculture said.
Mar 30, 2011 12:05 EDT
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday that Pakistan can expect a good wheat harvest despite severe flooding last year as seeds distributed to flood victims begin to ripen.
Mar 26, 2011 15:01 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Severe drought conditions across eastern Colorado and the western half of Kansas and Oklahoma are worsening the outlook for more wild fires in the region, climatologists said.
Mar 25, 2011 09:43 EDT
An endangered Sumatran tiger has died after brushing against an electric fence set up by Indonesian farmers, in the second such incident this year, an official said Friday.
Mar 21, 2011 12:57 EDT
The Netherlands, the world's top flower exporter, sold 3.6 billion flower bulbs abroad in 2010 -- a two percent rise on the year before, the Central Statistics Bureau said on Monday.
Mar 15, 2011 13:41 EDT
Leading organisations in the global cocoa industry on Tuesday expressed their "increasing concern" over the violence in Ivory Coast, the biggest producer of the commodity used to make chocolate.
Mar 14, 2011 12:44 EDT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain became the latest European Union country on Thursday to raise serious doubts over proposals to let EU governments decide individually whether to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops.
Mar 09, 2011 07:38 EST
The UN's food agency on Wednesday called on Asian nations to help small farmers to grow more rice to prevent food shortages in the face of expanding populations.
Mar 08, 2011 11:39 EST
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Overnight rains in the U.S. Plains wheat belt were disappointing, with more moisture needed especially in the far western areas to boost development this spring, a forecaster said on Tuesday.
Mar 06, 2011 02:13 EST
Kenyan coffee producers are hoping that soaring global prices will end years of neglect, that saw output drop fourfold, and herald a new golden age for what was once the country's top export.