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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?


El Niño Is Causing A Worldwide Sugar Shortage

El Niño is almost over, but the wreckage of things it knocked over in its wake continues — and one of those things is your sugar supply. Eat your desserts while you still can, friends.


Fukushima Farmers Are Using Soil Made From Polyester

It’s been five years since Japan’s Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima — and some consumers are still wary of produce grown in the region. That’s why some farmers aren’t growing plants in soil that might be contaminated — they’re growing plants in polyester instead.


Botanists Just Answered One Of The Biggest Questions About Farming on Mars

Researchers have successfully grown a crop of tomatoes, peas and radishes harvested in Martian soil — and with those comes an answer to one of the big questions we have about how to farm in space.


If You Don't Think A One-Degree Temperature Rise Matters, Read This

It’s just one-degree, right? So, how big a difference can it really make? There’s a place in the world where we can already look at for an answer.


Japanese Company To Build The World's First Autonomous Farm

We had a hunch that the future of farming was going to be all about robots, and naturally, Japan is taking the lead. Last night, Kyoto-based firm Spread made a bold announcement: In two years time, it intends to be running the world’s very first fully-automated, (mostly) human-free farm.


We're Growing Twice As Much Food (with Far Fewer Farms) Than We Used To

How do you grow more food? One answer that makes sense is with bigger farms and more farmers. But if you look at the last half century-or-so worth of data, that’s not at all what’s been happening.


GMO Food Isn't Coming To Get You, It's Been Here All Along

Worried that genetically-modified foods could be quietly, secretly, making their furtive way towards your plate even as we speak? Don’t be — people have already been eating them for a long time now.


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