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This undated photo provided by Gantri shows one of their lamps made from PLA, a product the San Francisco-based Gantri makes which processes corn kernels into a biodegradable thermoplastic fiber that can then be formed into a sturdy vegan plastic. The material can be treated in different ways, so it's translucent or opaque; Gantri is currently making contemporary wall, floor and table fixtures, like the light shown here. Many manufacturers of home decor are working on producing sustainable products. Plant-based materials now include things like bark, leaves and seeds transformed into vegan leather, fabric and organic plastic. (Gantri via AP)

Plant-based materials catch on with home-goods designers

May. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

With an eye toward sustainability, makers of home furnishings are experimenting more and more with plant-based materials. You can find things like bark, leaves and seeds transformed into vegan leather, fabric and organic plastic. At Frankfurt’s Heimtextil 2020 trade fair earlier this year, for example,...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...

Manager Rob Lambert wears a face mask as he cuts Justin Ludwig's hair at Crows Nest Barbershop, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. British Columbia began phase two of the reopening of its economy Tuesday, allowing certain businesses that were ordered closed due to COVID-19 to open their doors to customers if new health and safety regulations are followed. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kroger says isn't pulling back bonuses; airlines see uptick

May. 19, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ SLOW TURNAROUND: United Airlines said it is seeing a...

A woman sits near her belongings outside a railway station hoping to be able to return to her home state, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Rural villages across India are seeing an increase in cases with the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who left cities and towns where they were abandoned by their employers after having toiled for years building homes and roads. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Asia Today: Hong Kong increasing coronavirus testing

May. 19, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader says the city is ramping up testing for the coronavirus, especially for workers at the busy international airport and caregivers at homes for the elderly and disabled. Carrie Lam said Tuesday that tests will be increased from 4,500 to 7,000 daily, with both the...

In this May 14, 2019 photo, packages of frozen beef filets from Australia, left, the United States, center, and Canada, right, are for sale at a supermarket in Beijing. China has too much at stake to destroy its trading relationship with Australia entirely but is using sanctions to send a sharp warning to the South Pacific nation about its calls for a robust coronavirus inquiry, an expert says. China has suspended beef imports from four Australian slaughterhouses and is threatening to impose huge tariffs on barley after Australia called for independent inquiry into the origins of the virus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Australia says it doesn't want trade war with China

May. 19, 2020 6:44 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s trade minister said Tuesday that his country does not want a trade war with China, but maintained Beijing had erred by imposing stiff tariffs on Australian barley in what is widely seen as punishment for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne comments in Penrith, Australia Monday, May 18, 2020. Payne welcomed international support for an independent investigation of the coronavirus: an inquiry that has been condemned by China and blamed for a bilateral trade rift. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia welcomes virus inquiry but condemns China tariff

May. 18, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Tuesday welcomed international support for an independent coronavirus pandemic investigation as China ratcheted up a bilateral trade rift by placing tariffs on Australian barley. The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to...

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, wears a mask as she speaks with employees following a tour of Coastal Sunbelt Produce, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Laurel, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump tours launch of USDA's family food box program

May. 15, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Billions of dollars worth of fruit, vegetables and other farm products that might have gone to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic will instead be delivered to food banks and nonprofit organizations that help the needy under a new Agriculture Department program. Agriculture...

In this  May 5, 2020, photo, Ali Capper inspects the blossom on her apple trees at Stocks Farm in Suckley, Worcestershire. Britain’s fruit and vegetable farmers have long worried that the exit from the European Union would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick the country’s produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the present. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

'Foretaste' of Brexit: Virus cuts off much of UK farm labor

May. 12, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fruit and vegetable farmers have long dreaded their country's exit from the European Union, worrying that it would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the...

FILE - In this  June 15, 2018 photo, winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kan.  With the start of the winter wheat harvest just weeks ago, U.S. custom harvesters are having problems getting into the country the foreign workers they usually rely on to run their combines. The shuttered embassies amid the global coronavirus outbreak is just the start of difficulties: Governments have closed down their borders and overseas workers who already have visas already simply cannot get a flight. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Harvesters struggle to recruit foreign crews during pandemic

May. 9, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas harvester Mike Keimig is growing increasingly anxious about whether the foreign seasonal workers he needs to run his nine combines and drive his grain trucks will arrive in time for the start of the winter wheat harvest, which is just weeks away. His regular crew mostly...

In this photo taken Thursday, April 30 2020, Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, inspects tobacco crops. Troubled Zimbabwe has officially opened the tobacco selling season after a month-long delay amid a coronavirus lockdown. Tobacco is the country's second biggest foreign currency earner after gold, and it brought in about $750 million last year. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Troubled Zimbabwe hopes for some relief in tobacco sales

May. 8, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, paced through rows of tobacco plants. Desperate to complete the harvest and sell the crop, he pushed workers picking leaves to “hurry it up." Some carried up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of leaves,...