South Korea: Research into Sustainable Chemicals Steps up

Ever since four pregnant women died of mysterious lung problems in 2011, South Korea has been haunted by scandals over toxic chemicals in common household goods. The women’s deaths remain unexplained. But in January the former chief of the South Korean unit of U.K. home product maker Reckitt Benckiser was sentenced to seven years in […]

China: Government Encouraging Bio-Fertilizers

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has released a plan to pilot a fertilizer-replacement program by the end of 2017 in 100 counties and districts. Over the years, Chinese farmers have grown dependent on chemical fertilizers to boost output, but that dependency has taken its toll on the land and has increased risks to public […]

India: Kerala Organic Brand Mooted

The Kerala government will soon launch ‘Kerala Brand’ organic vegetables to promote pesticide-free vegetables grown by farmers. The Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar told the Assembly that steps were in train to sell the organic vegetables, grown in selected clusters across the state, under the brand name. “The Agriculture department will sell organic […]