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Scientists Are Closer Than Ever To Growing A Tomato That Ripens But Doesn't Rot

Keeping a tomato flavorful and firm past a few days is no easy task, as anyone who has made the catastrophic mistake of sticking a tomato in the fridge can attest. Now, new research could finally give us a much longer span of time to eat that tomato.


Australian Researchers Just Made A Breakthrough In Growing Crops During A Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide — and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water.


Drawing Eyes On Cow Butts May Ward Off Hungry Lions

An Australian conservation biologist has come up with a novel method for protecting cattle from being hunted by African lions: Paint eyes on their butts. The lions will think their intended prey has seen them and will move on, since they have lost the element of surprise.


A Disgusting Green Sludge Is Devouring Florida's Coast

Fourth of July celebrations along Florida’s Treasure Coast were decidedly muted yesterday, thanks to a putrid, toxic algae bloom that continues to fester days after Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.


The World's Largest Vertical Farm Is Being Built In New Jersey 

A huge vertical farm — where crops are planted, grown and harvested all with neither sun nor soil — is being built in New Jersey. When it’s finished, it will be the largest one in the world.


Why World Hunger Is Going To Fall To Its Lowest Levels Ever This Decade

By 2026, there’s going to be a lot less hunger worldwide — and that’s something to celebrate. The reason is not that we’re growing more food, however. Food is just getting cheaper.


These Two Crops Use More Of The World's Water Than All Other Crops Combined

Satellite photos of farms in Brazil, Image: NASA’s Earth Observatory The world is drying up all around us, but which crops can we use to shift the blame away from our cars, pools, and cartons of almond milk? Cast your eyes hard on these two culprits, right in your very own kitchen cabinet.


A Bizarre Avocado Crime Wave Is Sweeping Through New Zealand

The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren’t for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.


The Real Reason People Are Still So Confused About Genetically Modified Crops

Amidst the clamour over genetically modified crops, there’s an underlying point that’s still being missed: Nobody really knows what constitutes a genetically modified crop.


The Biggest Source Of Air Pollution In Your Area May Surprise You

The largest source of deadly air pollution in many parts of the world isn’t cars or power plants — it’s farms. That’s the unsettling conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, who found that agricultural nitrogen emissions are a major contributor to fine particulate matter, tiny particles that cause heart disease and respiratory problems.


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