agriculture

Seriously, Stop Demonising Almonds

We have seen the real cause of the California drought, and it’s one crunchy inch tall. One gallon of water to grow a single nut? BAN THEM ALL, writes everyone. But almond outrage is misplaced. We shouldn’t stop eating any fruit or vegetable due to how much water it takes to grow it. Especially when there actually is a crop that’s stealing California’s water.


To Feed The World, We May Need To Hack Photosynthesis

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be figuring out how to feed our rising global population. Now, some scientists are making the radical claim that growing more food won’t be enough — we literally need to hack photosynthesis.


Should We Freak Out That A Common Herbicide Is 'Probably Carcinogenic'?

Glyphosate, better known as Roundup, is widely used to kill weeds, especially along with genetically modified crops engineered to be glyphosate-resistant. The World Health Organisation today released an assessment calling the weedkiller “probably carcinogenic” But it’s not as scary as it sounds.


The Crazy, Broken Food Superhighway That Supplies America's Produce

You might know that a lot of produce moves from Mexico to the US. But the infrastructure and economics of that system are incredibly screwed up — like throwing heaps of ripe tomatoes into a landfill screwed up.


The High-Tech Farms Where Our Future Food Will Grow In Nothing But Air

If our planet is going to support an extra four billion people by the end of the century, we’ll need to find some creative new ways to feed ourselves. One option would be to turn buildings into farms and grow our crops in the air. Another: To install networked food computers in everybody’s home. I’m not even kidding.


The US Just Approved Its First GMO Apple, Which Doesn't Turn Brown 

For years, a small Canadian company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, has been touting its Arctic apple, which doesn’t turn an unsightly brown after being sliced. The US Department of Agriculture finally approved it for planting this week.


Have We Hit Peak Food? 

Better question: What are we doing about peak food? The world hit peak wheat in 2004, peak eggs in 1993, and peak dairy way back 1989 — all according to a recent study in Ecology and Society that leads to the worrisome conclusion we could be running out of food.


All The World's Cows On Treadmills Could Power 6% Of Earth

When roaming open pastures, cattle can walk up to eight hours a day while grazing but they can’t always get as much exercise when confined to a barnyard. One enterprising farmer, however, has invented an ingenious means of getting his herd moving — and generate a bit of free electricity on the side.


Monster Machines: The World's Most Badass Combine Harvester Just Set A World Record

A bushel’s as good as a peck to most folks outside the agricultural industry but that doesn’t make the New Holland CR10.90’s wheat-picking feat any less impressive. It was able to harvest nearly 800 tonnes of the grain from 198 acres of English farmland in a single workday — all while setting a Guinness world record.


This Australian Invention Destroys Seeds Of Nasty Mutant Weeds In The Combine

Combines are a modern farming miracle, separating grain from chaff in a matter of seconds. But that chaff — often full of seeds from herbicide-resistant weeds — gets blown right back onto the field. Enter the clever Harrington Seed Destructor, which grinds the pesky and unwanted seeds into oblivion.