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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.


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.


Termites Have Been Farming Longer Than Us

Hey termites, we’re not so different, you and I. Termites are usually one of the banes of human existence, as they feed on dead matter — such as the wood that we use to build our homes — but they supersede humans in one interesting way: they have been farming for millions of years longer than humans.


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.


Researchers Just Solved One Of The Biggest Problems For World Hunger

Planet Earth is doomed with a fast growing global population and a limited amount of farmland to produce food for everyone. That means that we’re going to need to figure out how to maximise what we’ve got — and researchers just made a major breakthrough in getting the most from our crops.


The World's Oldest Axe Has Been Found In Australia

The world’s oldest axe — dating back at least 46,000 years — has been uncovered in Australia. And, already, there’s a mystery surrounding it.


Chernobyl's Milk Is Still Radioactive, 30 Years After The Meltdown

It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in plants seemed to have died down. So why are levels of radiation in milk still peaking?


These Three New GM Crops Will Change How We Farm

Scientists have created three new genetically modified crops to combat three of the world’s most troubling crop diseases. Each was tweaked in a slightly different way to be resistant to those specific diseases. The details appear in three new papers out today in Nature Biotechnology.


Saudi Arabia Is Outsourcing Its Drought To California

For the last few years, the drought-stricken nation of Saudi Arabia has been responsibly cracking down on thirsty crops to conserve water. But their cows still need alfalfa, one of the most water-intensive crops around. To solve the problem, Saudi Arabia wants to grow its alfalfa in a land that apparently has plenty of water: California. Wait, what?


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