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Is rice the new 'milk powder' for Hong Kong/China cross-border tensions?

Buy too much rice in Hong Kong and “you could end up in jail”, Chinese media warned tourists in the wake of the Guangzhou cadmium scandal.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 6:26pm

Guangzhou reveals details on cadmium tainting as public pressure mounts

Guangzhou's food-safety authorities have revealed some details about the sale of rice and rice noodles contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal, in the face of enormous public pressure.

19 May 2013 - 10:22am 2 comments

High cadmium levels found in Guangzhou rice

Nearly half the rice and rice products on sale in Guangzhou contain too much cadmium, a toxin and carcinogen that can damage the kidneys, a three-month investigation by the city's food safety authorities found.

18 May 2013 - 10:20am 9 comments

Corn overtakes rice as diners continue to move to meat

The mainland produced more corn than rice for the first time on record in the 2012-13 season, as surging incomes fuelled demand for meat, prompting farmers to focus more on animal feed.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Bid to lift hybrid rice yield to 15 tonnes a hectare slammed

A farming pioneer's ambitious goal to increase the yield of hybrid rice by 11 per cent in the next three years risks making the staple more vulnerable to weather, disease and pests, agriculture experts have warned.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

China officials to probe study that fed golden rice to Hunan primary pupils

Mainland health authorities launched an investigation into a reportedly trial of genetically modified rice on Hunan primary- school children, state media reported yesterday, as new questions arose about how the American-led study was conducted

7 Sep 2012 - 4:21am

A community blighted by pollution

In a ward at the People's No 2 Hospital in Shifang , 37-year-old peasant Yin Yanjun told a student 21 years his junior: 'I'm sure you guys have never experienced a real blue sky in Shifang .'

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Grain law may leave farmers in the cold: experts

If a Sino-US deal did not drive home the message that food security is one of Beijing's priorities, Xi Jinping's return to America's agricultural heartland this month surely did.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Park fair opens with mini heaters a likely hot item

To lure people outdoors, exhibitors will provide warm food and heaters as the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo kicks off today.

The expo, featuring 880 booths and 400 exhibitors, runs until January 2 at Victoria Park. Apart from the usual bargains, heaters may become a hit item, with the temperature dipping to 12 degrees Celsius today.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A rice harvest dripping with bloody potential

An old dream of biotechnologists is to produce human proteins not by microbes or animals, but in an 'unbloody' way: by genetically manipulated or transgenic plants. Such plants can be grown and harvested, and the blood proteins extracted are 100 per cent safe. No virus contamination can harm us.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Kwong Sun California Rice

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rice price set to rise as Thailand floods hit exports

The price of rice is due to rise as flooding in Thailand - Hong Kong's biggest supplier - cuts into exports.

The flood could destroy six to seven million tonnes of paddy rice, the Thai government projected.

Sellers predict exports will tumble from a million tonnes to 550,000 tonnes this month, while prices could increase 20 per cent by the end of this year.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Farmers' joy over harvest tempered by inflation

A combine harvester rumbles back and forth across Wang Baowei's rice field in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang, on a balmy autumn day, occasionally dropping bags of golden grain out the back.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Draining away our ability to feed people

There are all kinds of bubbles. We had the financial bubble that burst in 2008. There is the Chinese property bubble, which may take the world economy down with it when it bursts. But nothing compares with the food bubble.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ministry gears up for cut in national grain outputs

Despite a bumper summer harvest, the agriculture ministry does not expect grain output to grow this year because of the likelihood of further natural disasters and incidences of crop disease.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am