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Farmers Without Water In The US Are Installing Solar Panels Instead

Due to the unprecedented drought, many of California’s farmers won’t be allocated any water this year, thanks to the way that the state’s water rights work. But what actually happens to the farms that don’t get water? Some of the farmers are ditching produce altogether for a more profitable alternative to crops — they’re installing solar farms.


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.