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US accuses Russia of weaponizing food in Ukraine war

May. 19, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of weaponizing food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to help accomplish what its invasion of Ukraine has not -- “to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people.” ...

Colorado, Nebraska jostle over water rights amid drought

May. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear on a mammoth corn planter. The day’s task: Carefully sowing hundreds of acres of seed between long rows of last year’s desiccated stalks to ensure the...

New Iowa law requires more ethanol in state's gasoline

May. 17, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is the first state in the nation to require most gas stations to sell fuel with at least 15% ethanol under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds signed the bill on a farm near Prairie City, about 20 miles east of Des Moines. The...

India open to exporting wheat to needy nations despite ban

May. 15, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday said it would keep a window open to export wheat to food-deficit countries at the government level despite restrictions announced two days earlier. India’s Commerce Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam told reporters the government will also allow...

India bans exports of wheat, citing threat to food security

May. 14, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has banned exports of wheat effective immediately, citing a risk to its food security, partly due to the war in Ukraine. A notice in the government gazette by the Directorate of Foreign Trade, dated Friday, said a spike in global prices for wheat was...

Pricey tortillas: LatAm's poor struggle to afford staples

May. 13, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — No item is more essential to Mexican dinner tables than the corn tortilla. But the burst of inflation that is engulfing Latin America and the rest of the world means that people like Alicia García, a cleaner at a restaurant in Mexico City, have had to cut back. ...

Biden sees bigger role for US farms due to Ukraine war

May. 11, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — President Joe Biden vowed to help American farmers try to ease a global spike in food prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as he visited a family farm Wednesday and unrolled policies meant to increase harvests in ways that the administration believes could also...

World Bank grants Lebanon $150 million food security loan

May. 09, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The World Bank approved a $150 million soft loan for food security in crisis-hit Lebanon to stabilize bread prices during the coming months, the economy minister said Monday. Amin Salam told reporters that the loan has a very low interest rate but the minister did...

Europe's farmers stir up biogas to offset Russian energy

May. 06, 2022 02:40 AM EDT

SONCHAMP, France (AP) — In lush fields southwest of Paris, farmers are joining Europe’s fight to free itself from Russian gas. They'll soon turn on the tap of a new facility where crops and agricultural waste are mashed up and fermented to produce “biogas.” It's among energy...

NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize

May. 05, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A NASA climate research scientist who has spent much of her career explaining how global food production must adapt to a changing climate was awarded the World Food Prize on Thursday. Cynthia Rosenzweig, an agronomist and climatologist, was awarded the...