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  • China looks abroad for greener pastures

     China looks abroad for greener pastures
    BEIJING — When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.
  • Chinese food giant buys stake in Dutch grain trader

    Chinese food giant buys stake in Dutch grain trader
    Chinese state-owned food giant Cofco has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Dutch grain trader Nidera, the latest move in China’s global quest to supply its growing food demand. The deal, reportedly worth close to $1.3 billion, would give...

    Britain to export $73.5 million worth of pig semen to China

    Britain to export $73.5 million worth of pig semen to China
    China already consumes half the world’s pork. But to ensure it has a steady supply of hogs, it’s struck a deal with Britain to import $73.5 million worth of premium pig semen. The agreement was brokered with the help of British Prime...

    On the origins of food

    On the origins of food
    This year, Chinese authorities arrested more than 900 people for selling meat marketed as lamb that was actually the flesh of foxes, rats and minks. China, for all its efforts to clean up its food industry, has an abysmal record on food safety. Indeed,...

    Judge approves deal dismissing Paula Deen lawsuit

    Judge approves deal dismissing Paula Deen lawsuit
    Paula Deen’s Southern cooking empire may be in serious jeopardy, but her legal woes at least are behind her. On Monday,  U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. approved a deal to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by former employee Lisa Jackson...