World's breadbasket faces food crisis Food Shortages, An Unthinkable Phenomenon In US, Have Hit Many Parts Of The Country Mountain View (California): Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks, the New York Sun reported on Monday.

A GROUP of ministers (GoM) is scheduled to meet here on April 2 for considering measures to check spiralling food prices.

On the heels of fixing a higher minimum export price (MEP) on basmati and non-basmati rice on March 5, 2008, the Government on Thursday night hiked the MEP on basmati rice further to $1,100 per tonne

more rice varieties will soon wear the basmati tag in India. The draft definition of basmati by the Union government has sparked a debate over whether new and evolved varieties should be allowed in

russia has banned import of rice from India. The decision came after Russia's monitoring agencies claimed to have found a pesticide

India and Pakistan

The future of Indian scented rice?

India is facing stiff competition from Pakistan, Thailand and even USA for the long-grain basmati-type rices but we may have monopoly in small and medium-grained scented rices like kalanamak.

A multiresidue method has been developed for the analysis of residues of 25 pesticides belonging to organochlorines, organophosphates, pyrethroids and a fungicide thifluzamide in Basmati rice. The Gas Liquid Chromatograph (GLC) equipped with a capillary column and electron capture detector (ECD) was used for estimation.

Contradictory state of affairs in two Uttaranchal villages highlights both potential and obstacles of organic farming. The paradox has cropped up despite two ongoing government run programmes in the hill state to propagate the process...