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Japan to continue Antarctic whaling: farm minister

Japan will go ahead with its annual whale hunt in Antarctica while boosting security to guard against possible harassment by environmental protesters, the agriculture and fisheries minister said Tuesday. “Japan will conduct the research whaling while strengthening measures against acts of sabotage, including dispatching Fisheries Agency escort ships,” said Agriculture,…

Soldiers to destroy Mexico’s largest marijuana farm

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican soldiers will begin destroying the country’s largest ever marijuana plantation under the watchful eyes of state prosecutors, officials said Friday, as hundreds of troops descended on the site. “We estimate that it will take at least eight days” for soldiers to destroy the 120 hectare (nearly…

Japan may halt shipments after radioactive beef sent out

Japan was Friday considering a ban on shipments of all cattle fromFukushima prefecture, site of its tsunami-hit nuclear plant, as fears deepened about radioactive beef, Kyodo News reported. The move follows news that beef from another 42 cattle has been shipped to Tokyo and other areas over recent months after the animals were…

Mexican soldiers find biggest marijuana farm ever

TIJUANA, Mexico — A Mexican military commander said Thursday that his soldiers discovered a record-busting marijuana plantation 120 hectares (nearly 300 acres) large in the state of Baja California. “It is the largest marijuana plantation in Mexican history,” General Alfonso Duarte, the commander of the military region based in the…

Six indicted in Oregon bust of record marijuana farm

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Six men were indicted on federal drug charges on Friday in connection with more than 90,000 marijuana plants stumbled on by bear hunters in a remote patch of forest that local authorities described as the largest cannabis farm ever found in Oregon. The mile-long stretch of…

Source of deadly European bacteria outbreak remains unknown

BERLIN – The source of a killer bacteria remained elusive Monday after Germany announced that initial tests on suspected organic sprouts had proved negative, while the outbreak’s death toll grew to 23. The probes were carried out on a farm in the northern state of Lower Saxony after regional agriculture…

Sprouts might be responsible for bacteria: officials

HANOVER, Germany (AFP) – Seed sprouts are suspected of being at the root of a deadly E. coli outbreak which has killed 22 people, mainly in Germany, a regional agriculture minister said on Sunday. Gert Lindermann, who represents Lower-Saxony, said there was not yet definite proof but a connection had…

Google invests $55 million in California wind energy

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday said it is investing $55 million into a California wind energy farm, raising to $400 million the amount of money the technology giant has pumped into clean energy projects. “The Mojave Desert might be best known for its scorching sun and scary sidewinders,” said…

At least 27 beheaded in attack on Guatemala farm: police

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) – At least 27 people were found decapitated on a farm in northern Guatemala on the Mexican border Sunday, and police officials say the killings could be linked to drug gangs operating in the area. “Among the 27 dead were two women. All of them were beheaded,”…

US farm companies charged with human trafficking

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US authorities on Wednesday filed charges against two companies on charges they exploited hundreds of Indian and Thai workers who earned a pittance and were forced to stay in decrepit conditions. In what it called its largest ever human trafficking case in the farm sector, the US…

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