In a China that has been traumatized by food scandals, GMOs remain banned from kitchens. But Beijing is massively funding research, despite the hostility from the public, the reticence of local authorities, and the watchful eyes of activists. (Article in French)
An eye on the world
While an impressive exhibition on coffee opens tomorrow at Marseille’s MuCEM, here is a look at Colombia. As fighting rages around her in Gatania, Edith Enciso harvests the coffee for which she has won a competition of excellence. (Article in French)
The European center for techno, hipsters, soaring rents, and low-cost tourism, Berlin now appears to be a capital for vegans. (Article in French)
A queue 100-people long snakes out from a tiny food stall in Singapore’s Chinatown, each customer impatiently waiting their turn for a taste of Chan Hon Meng’s prized soya sauce-braised chicken.
International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin. But the protests may have backfired with residents saying they have actually spurred more people to eat man’s best friend.
Its fame is such that the damask rose features in Shakespeare, but for Syrian farmers growing the flower that produces the heady-scented oil used to flavour Turkish delight, tragedy may await.
The small village of Kalisari, located in the heart of the tofu specializing region of Java, Indonesia, has converted itself into a circular economy. Today, through its activity of bean curd production, residents are now producing “green” electricity.
Falling oil prices has had surprising effects in Venezuela. Caracas no long has the means to import certain raw materials, like barley. Result: in this country who is the greatest consumer of beer in South America, beer has become a rare beverage. (Article in French)
Projections for growth in the Halal market (food and beverages) from now until 2018 are calculated to be 1,600 billion dollars, but the designation, requested by local and international consumers, remains a thorny subject in this secular country. (Article in French)
Though still red, llama meat is a significant source of protein, while more importantly containing little cholesterol, which according to Bolivia, makes it healthier. (Article in French)