Commodities, milling & grains

Haze from Indonesia's forest fires last year spread to neighbouring countries, such as Krabi, Thailand, and has returned this year. © iStock/NuttKomo

Palm oil industry under fire as Indonesia’s haze drama continues

By Rick Beckmann & Kresna Panggabean

Haze from slash-and-burn agricultural has returned to Southeast Asia this year. Is it enough to wait for regulators to bring the (mainly palm oil) culprits to justice? Asian resource legal experts Rick Beckmann and Kresna Panggabean enter the storm.

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What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

By Niamh Michail

Greenpeace's damning report on Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI, just one month after its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was renewed, could be damaging for the certifier, according to one sustainability consultant.

IOI saw its RSPO membership suspended following allegations of illegal deforestation. ©iStock

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RSPO lifts IOI's suspension

By Niamh Michail

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has lifted the suspension of Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI citing "good progress" made by the group.

The food industry has for the most part remained on the sidelines of efforts to reduce emissions, said the NGO. Photo: iStock

Giant commodity carbon footprints show more action is needed

By David Burrows

Rice, soy, corn, wheat and palm oil are the “new frontier” of climate action, said Oxfam this week, as it published new data detailing the “massive” environmental impact of the world’s major commodities.

The fortifiers and the non-fortifiers - who is doing what when it comes to folic acid and neural tube defects? © iStock.com / eyegelb

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

By Lynda Searby

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health experts and researchers, the 28 EU member countries...

Union seeks injunction to block Oreo capacity shift to Mexico. Photo: iStock - chiarabramuzzo

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

By Douglas Yu

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production to Mexico.

Two new barley plant genes discovered

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Two new barley plant genes discovered

By Millie Thwaites

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley breeding programs.

New breeding techniques are being used to develop hardier wheat strains

Crop strains developed in ‘no time’

By Rick Pendrous

French grain co-operative Limagrain is using the latest gene selection techniques and advanced computer technology to speed up the development of wheat and maize varieties with characteristics that provide benefits to both cereal farmers and manufacturers...

The EU has granted a record number of wheat export licenses for this season

EU wheat to maintain competitive edge over US

By Kacey Culliney

More bakers could source more EU wheat as a strengthening dollar and uncertain weather conditions in the US make prices more competitive, says a grains expert.

The jv will give Canadian farmers access to the latest wheat varieties

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

By Rick Pendrous

Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, located in Saskatoon, announced yesterday between...

Rice and oats were most prone to contamination with sterigmatocystin , the report said.

Low mycotoxin levels found in European cereals, EFSA

By Joyeeta Basu

A study by the European Food Safety Authority of cereal grain and cereal products has found low levels of mycotoxin sterigmatocystin in most of the samples to be below proposed limits.

Individual EU countries will now be allowed to approve or ban the use of GMOs

Scientists welcome EU country ruling on GM

By Michael Stones

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has welcomed a new EU law enabling Member States to decide for themselves whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be approved in their countries.

The tonnage of home grown wheat that was milled this year was up 25% on the previous year

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DEFRA: We’ll see a gradual switch back to UK wheat

By Kacey Culliney

UK wheat production had a strong year that should spark a gradual shift back to local sourcing, says the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as it published its latest cereal usage statistics.

Neither biotech nor environmental groups have welcomed the agreement

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at EU level.

New measures approved by the EU today will mean greater flexibility for EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their own territories

EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops

By Nathan Gray

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow individual countries within the EU to ban the cultivation of genetically modified food crops on their soil, even if the EU has already approved them for wider cultivation.

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