Climate Change Could Cut Global Food Output 18% By 2050

The world's food supplies will be hit hard by global warming, according to a study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study's authors advise investing in irrigation and infrastructure to attenuate this loss, but what's less clear is where these measures should be taken. In fact, we… » 12/19/14 3:20pm 12/19/14 3:20pm

Four Of The Most Destructive Farm Pests Are Actually One Species

A 5-year study conducted in 20 countries reveals that four different fruit flies — which cause incalculable damage to crops across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America — are, in fact, the same species. The discovery will not only ease trade restrictions, but aid global efforts to reduce the pest's… » 10/29/14 9:45am 10/29/14 9:45am

Nevermind Drought -- The Biggest Threat to Our Food Supply Is Fungus

Within 30 years, it's likely that farmers will be battling deadly crop pests that they've never seen before. Pests are evolving and entering new regions in greater numbers than ever — and our worst adversary is likely to be fungus, which could destroy whole harvests and wreak havoc with our food supplies. » 9/19/14 3:08pm 9/19/14 3:08pm

The most important thing you'll read today is an article about oranges

The discourse on genetically modified crops gained a cogent and sorely needed voice this weekend, with the publication of a captivating narrative-treatment of the subject in The New York Times by science writer Amy Harmon. The title of her feature: "A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA." » 7/29/13 12:45pm 7/29/13 12:45pm

A Marvelous Introduction to the Largest Plant Collection on Earth

For over a decade, the Millenium Seed Bank Partnership has been working in collaboration with scientists from around the world to establish an insurance policy against the extinction of Earth's plant species. By 2020, the project hopes to have safely stored 25% of the world's plant diversity in massive, … » 3/28/12 2:53pm 3/28/12 2:53pm