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farming evolution

We may be accidentally putting the brakes on evolution

April 22nd, 2021

Evolution is extremely important to the long-term survival of any species. Conditions in any habitat are constantly shifting and it’s up to the plants and animals in those environments to adapt or face extinction. Genetic diversity is how nature solves this problem, and as each species in a habitat slowly branches out, the ones that …

organic meat

Organic meats may be better for the animals, but not the planet

December 30th, 2020

The Earth is in the middle of a climate crisis, with rising temperatures, more intense storms, and massive wildfires occurring regularly. The idea that organically-raised livestock may be better for the planet has been floated for some time, but a new study shows it’s not any different than conventionally-raised meat sources. Organic livestock practices may …

genetic modification

Scientists create ‘super stud’ livestock with ideal genetic traits

September 15th, 2020

Scientists have developed a method by which male animals can pass on the genetic material of other, different males. The idea is that these animals would pass on the genes of the most desirable sire in a herd, maximizing the yield for the next generation. Laws still prevent genetically modified animals from entering the food …

moon farming

NASA scientist grows ‘Moon radishes’ in his own kitchen

July 20th, 2020

NASA is actively experimenting with the possibility of growing crops in simulated lunar soil. NASA’s JPL scientists have grown radishes in lunar soil simulant. Experiments show that the plants respond better to lower moisture levels, which is great news. Humans are headed back to the Moon. NASA wants to make it happen by 2024 — …

potato shortage

Brace yourself: A french fry shortage may soon sweep the US

December 9th, 2019

Chilly temperatures and wet weather have given potato farmers across the United States and Canada a serious setback. Many farmers have been unable to harvest large portions of the potato crops they were counting on to round out the year. As Bloomberg reports, some of the highest potato-producing regions of North America are seeing significant …

marijuana farming

People won’t stop growing pot on public land

November 18th, 2019

Marijuana proponents have to be pretty happy about the number of U.S. states that have opted for legalization in recent years. Today, weed is legal (for recreational use, medicinal, use, or both) in more states than ever, and possession of pot and related products is well on its way to being universally decriminalized sooner rather …

maya farming

Researcher fired lasers from planes and discovered ancient Maya farms

October 10th, 2019

Archeologists have been able to learn a lot about the ancient Maya civilization thanks to ruins that have stood the test of time. Studying how ancient peoples in Central America farmed, however, has proven a lot more difficult for obvious reasons. Once it’s allowed to grow freely, farmland quickly returns to what it used to …