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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?


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.


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