Explainer: Spilled milk? Why are the US and Canada fighting over dairy?

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday said it was seeking a second trade dispute settlement panel over Canada’s dairy import quotas, accusing Canada of not meeting obligations to open its market to American producers. The move is the latest salvo in longstanding tensions between the trade partners over Canada’s protected … Read more

China aims to boost consumption and imports as global demand cools

BEIJING, Jan 28 (Reuters) – China’s cabinet said on Saturday it would promote a consumption recovery as the major driver of the economy and boost imports, state broadcaster CCTV reported, at a time of cooling global demand as major economies teeter on the brink of recession. At a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, China’s … Read more

India’s sunoil imports rise to record as Russia-Ukraine fight for market share

MUMBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) – India’s January sunflower oil imports are set to surge to a record 473,000 tonnes, nearly triple average monthly imports as top exporters Russia and Ukraine seek to reduce stockpiles, industry officials told Reuters. Record imports by India, the world’s biggest vegetable oil importer, come as sunoil’s discount to rival soyoil … Read more

WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines after a spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children – mainly aged under 5 – in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died of acute kidney … Read more

Lab-grown meat moves closer to American dinner plates

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Once the stuff of science fiction, lab-grown meat could become reality in some restaurants in the United States as early as this year. Executives at cultivated meat companies are optimistic that meat grown in massive steel vats could be on the menu within months after one company won the go-ahead … Read more

High egg prices should be investigated, US farm group says

Jan 19 (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should examine high egg prices for signs of price gouging from top egg companies, a farm group said, as Americans continue to pay more than ever for the household staple. US regulators, farmers, and industry have often argued in recent years about the power of top … Read more

Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

Traffic resumes after Ukraine cargo ship grounded near Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The cargo ship MKK 1, traveling from Ukraine to Turkey, was grounded in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday and traffic in the strait was suspended for a few hours, shipping agents Tribeca said. Several tugs were among vessels sent to provide assistance to the ship, the coastguard authority said. It … Read more

Explainer: Why Malaysia is considering a ban on palm oil exports to the European Union

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, on Thursday said it might stop palm exports to the European Union after the bloc imposed additional import restrictions on the edible oil due to concerns over deforestation. WHAT IS THE DISAGREEMENT ABOUT? Malaysia and Indonesia have for years been at loggerheads … Read more

California is deluged by record rain with more storms coming

MENDOCINO, Calif., Jan 11 (Reuters) – The seventh consecutive atmospheric river since Christmas dumped more rain on Northern California on Wednesday, offering little relief for a state already battered by floods, gale force winds, power outages and evacuations of entire towns. While Wednesday’s deluge was relatively minor, with less rainfall and mostly contained to northwestern … Read more