Australian Qantas Airways, together with Canadian agritech company Agrisoma Biosciences, flew the first dedicated biofuel-powered flight between Australia and the USA on 28 January, using a jet biofuel produced from an industrial oilseed.
Ugandan government-run Microfinance Support Centre (MSC) has granted a 1bn Ugandan shilling (US$280,000) loan to edible oil firm Ngetta Tropical Holdings to improve sunflower oil production in the country.
Consumer advocacy group Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE) is calling for the EU to enact mandatory acrylamide limits after several Italian potato crisp brands tested as containing more of the potential carcinogen than recommended.
The European Union withdrew the appeals it had made to the European Court of Justice on 18 January, signalling that the EU accepted the court ruling annulling its anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel.
The US state of Arkansas voted on 19 January to ban the use of Monsanto’s controversial dicamba-based herbicide in the summer growing season after masses of farmers experienced crop damage tied to the product.