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Oil Companies Are Selling Dirty Wastewater To Drought-Stricken Farms 

If we’re talking about who’s wasting water during California’s drought, one of the big culprits is oil production — about 10 gallons of wastewater are produced for every gallon of oil. Now oil companies like Chevron are selling that water back to farmers. But it’s not as tidy of an idea as you’d think.


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.


Cattle Yard Aroma Carries Antibiotics And Antibiotic-Resistant DNA

You don’t need to see a cattle yard to identify its existence; the smell alone is usually enough. Now, though, you’re breathing in not just the aromatic compounds you likely know well — but a selection of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant DNA too.


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.


If You Want Healthy Cows, Feed Them Magnets

Dairy farmers routinely feed their cows a finger-sized magnet, which settles in the digestive tract to help keep the cows healthy. Wait what? This is no bizarre homeopathy, but rather a legitimate treatment for a stomach-churning ailment called “hardware disease”.


All The Dreamy Drone Businesses The FAA's Proposed Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do — things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a lot of those things illegal.


13 Fascinating Farming Robots That Will Feed Humans Of The Future

Among other predictions, Interstellar offered us some clues about the future of farming. Long story short: It’s all about the robots. From field scouting drones to robotic harvesters, the industry that keeps you fed is becoming totally dominated by autonomous machines.


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.


Meet An Icicle Farmer 

To most of us, icicles grow naturally, usually off the roofs of poorly insulated houses. But at Utah-based Ice Castles, man-made icicle farms are growing 15,000 icicles a day. How else do you think giant ice palaces get built? Welcome to the world of icicle farming.


Monster Machines: This Mobile Cider Maker Bottles Juice Right In The Orchard

Canadian orchards face an enviable problem: they’re over-productive, resulting in heaps of apples, pears and cherries left to rot each season because it’s simply too expensive to transport, store and process them. But that’s where this mobile cider mill comes in.


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