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Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

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Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

South Asia appears to be heading for a food crisis. According to reports from Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in desperate need of rice. They have approached Thailand for help. But Thailand’s government stocks are low. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in talks with Thailand for an urgent purchase of 400,000 tonnes of rice […]

Who is trying to invent ‘plastic rice’ to scare ignorant consumers?

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Who is trying to invent ‘plastic rice’ to scare ignorant consumers?

The so-called Organic food lobby and some Hindutva ideologists could be behind the rumour factory that spreads lies about ‘plastic rice’ and ‘plastic eggs’ and the dearth of scientific temper leads consumers to believe such stories. [By Narendra Nayak] The recent publicity for plastic rice made me ponder on why these rumours are being circulated. […]

Bombay HC junks  ban on meat sale on Mahavir Jayanti

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Bombay HC junks ban on meat sale on Mahavir Jayanti

Bombay (Mumbai): Amid the ongoing hearing by a Bombay High Court bench of a plea against the ban on meat sale during Jain festivals since 2015, another bench recently quashed a 14-year-old bar against mutton vending during Mahavir Jayanti. Government counsel Hiten Venegaonkar gave this information about Justice A S Oka quashing the 14-year-old government’s […]

China consumes 300 Kenyan Donkeys a Day!

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China consumes 300 Kenyan Donkeys a Day!

Did you know that donkey meat has been legalized and certified for human consumption in Kenya? But the locals don’t eat donkey meat, its  exported to China! The Chinese love Donkey Meat. The  Meat Control (amendment) Act 2012 documented donkey alongside horse as a food animal in Kenya. While butcheries have not been licensed to […]

Wheat under Deadly Attack in Bengal

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Wheat under Deadly Attack in Bengal

A ‘new and dangerous’ strain of infection has emerged to threaten our food security. Read on: Standing wheat of about 400 hectare were being cut and burnt in two blocks of Nadia district after a suspected fungal infection affected the crop, a senior district agriculture official said on Sunday (Mar 5). The infected plants in […]

Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

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Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

Boy Shakira reacts to a news report in  our new series; Howzatt? New Delhi: Dismissing the old adage of breakfast being the healthiest meal of the day, a new study noted that it is in fact the unhealthiest meal in India, reports PTI (1 Feb). Really? Do you mean middle class India, rural India, or […]

Chinese rice dilemma: Quality vs Quantity

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Chinese rice dilemma: Quality vs Quantity

Rice is the seed for an ongoing debate in China. One the one hand hybrid rice has better yield. On the other hand some experts say, that hybrid rice is is low quality, does not taste as good, and requires a large amount of fertilizers and pesticides. Hybrid rice techniques could help feed 70 million […]

Gorge on Gorgeous Goan Grub

Gorge on Gorgeous Goan Grub

Located along India’s west coast, Goa has a rich regional cuisine that shows shades of Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese influence. Being surrounded by sea, the cuisine is predominantly seafood based and is high on spices and coconut. Meat, pork and seafood form the staple diet. Rural Goa continues to use traditional way of cooking food […]

Top of the Indian Dessert charts?

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Top of the Indian Dessert charts?

You all must be knowing that India’s spice varieties are famous worldwide, with hundreds of nations importing spice products to add flavour to their recipes. However, Indian sweets or desserts too have a touching record in lifting mood by bring smiles and sighs, where everything around seems serene and nice. With increasing penetration of e-commerce […]

Vegan Foodies, a New Trend?

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Vegan Foodies, a New Trend?

Point and Counterpoint: Vegan Food [The comments in brackets are by Boy Shakira, the serious stuff is written by Newsnet Intern Seema Kumari]  Food is the basic need of everybody. Some are vegetarian, some are hard-core meat lovers and there are some  turning towards vegan food. (Vegan Food?, Um… like Vegetarian hard-core man!) Vegan food […]

India’s pulse beat slows, Modi to sow Moong in Malawi?

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India’s pulse beat slows, Modi to sow Moong in Malawi?

It’s a question of दाल-भात (doll-rice in Anglo-Indianese).  Indians are perhaps  the world’s largest eaters of pulses, but alas! Shrinking  land for crops and drought are making Indians think of leasing  agricultural land in Africa and Burma (Myanmar) to meet growing demand of the domestic market. Two consecutive years of drought have led to a […]

Bio-diversity in focus on IBD

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Bio-diversity in focus on IBD

There is a well-known Cree Indian Prophecy that says: “Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” It’s interesting that one of the largest student movements in India, […]

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