China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

By Keya Archarya | December 11, 2015 [PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit. The country plans to team up with African states to start a partnership that would see knowledge about bamboo growth and products, such as bamboo-based biofuels and charcoal briquettes, transferred to other bamboo-growing nations. The partnership, which was launched at an event on 9 December in Paris, …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

… most GMO foods have allowed one or two GMO crops to be grown. Special: GMO Foods: Are We Unknowingly Poisoning Our Families? Here are a few of the rules and regulations regarding GMOs in other countries: 1. China. Beijing supports GMO technology because it sees GMO as crucial to food security, says Reuters. But although China may support the technology and allows for some genetically modified food crops to be imported, it doesn’t permit their domestic cultivation. The country plans to …

How the food you eat affects how you feel

… increased demand for locally grown and organic foods. Elimination diets — such as gluten-free, low- or no-carbohydrate, raw food and juice cleanses — have emerged as ways to lose weight and restore a healthy balance. There are countless diets and nutrition plans out there, and it may be overwhelming to decide what’s best. If you’re feeling tired or swollen or experiencing aches and pains not associated with an injury, try changing the way you eat and see whether your symptoms …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

By Algis Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star | May 8, 2015 Hy-Vee plans to recycle thousands of pounds of food and other organic waste from its 25 stores in Nebraska.The grocery chain estimates the stores will divert 75 tons pounds of organic waste from landfills each month. Excess fruit, vegetables, baked goods, solid dairy products and floral clippings will be turned into compost, biogas and animal feed. Some Hy-Vee stores will sell the compost and others that sponsor community gardens will use it …

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

… through capital grants for stock, equipment and staff training. The government also plans to create compulsory cooperation between municipalities, regional authorities and ministries to further organic farming, in particular organic meat production. Growth in the organic chicken sector is reflected in the number of so-called registered and validated organic poultry farms in Denmark. This number has increased from six in 2008 to more than 22 in 2014. The Danish poultry sector produced around …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… environment and biodiversity of NK66 corn. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also issued certificate for bio-safety for the three GM corn varieties. Kumar Datta, Syngenta Vietnam country director, said the company will coordinate with provincial agricultural agencies on plans to widely spread the varieties for better income of the farmers. Last August, the agriculture ministry approved the imports of four corn varieties engineered for food and animal feed …