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Murders, violence on the rise as parched central India battles for water

Water shortages are prompting people to move to other regions to find water and food

Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbours in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian region of Bundelkhand. Both relied on the same well for water and, according to police, frequently quarrelled over how much the other was using. In May, during one fight over water, Pushpa, 42, beat Imrat, 48, with a […] Read more


Study finds not all neonics equal when it comes to risks to bees

Clothianidin, the active ingredient in Poncho and Prosper, may have got a bad rap

A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that has been banned in Europe due to fears about potential harm to bees has been found in new research to have very differential risks for bumblebees. Scientists who conducted the research said their findings showed that at least one neonicotinoid in the banned group — clothianidin […] Read more



A cheese wheel backs up this deal

An Italian company is selling bonds based on Parmesan

An Italian dairy co-operative has sold bonds backed by Parmesan cheese, the company said, a rare example of one of the country’s plethora of small firms raising funding on capital markets. Three years of recession have choked bank lending and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government is trying to encourage firms to raise money elsewhere and […] Read more


Japan’s beef bowl to get price hike

Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish — long a symbol of the deflationary economy — for the first time in 24 years due to higher import costs. The move marks a much-needed win for the central bank, which is struggling to […] Read more



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Cargill to close Man. grain elevators in 2015

Reuters – Cargill Ltd. said on Thursday that it will close its Swan River, Manitoba grain facility, which includes two elevators, as of May 31, 2015. The facility would require costly upgrades if it remained open, Jeff Wildeman, regional manager of Cargill AgHorizons said in a statement. Cargill’s crop inputs facility in Swan River will remain open. The decision comes as Cargill […] Read more




GRAINS-Corn falls on forecasts of ideal harvest weather

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (Reuters) – U.S. corn futures fell on Tuesday as forecasts for dry weather fuelled expectations that harvesting would progress rapidly. FUNDAMENTALS * Chicago Board of Trade front-month corn fell 0.22 percent to $3.47-1/2 a bushel, having gained 0.1 percent in the previous session. * Front-month soybeans were unchanged at $9.44-1/4 a bushel, […] Read more