More Americans Get Food Poisoning From Fruits And Veggies Than From Meat

Are you doing the environmentally responsible thing and trying to eat more produce and less meat? Hey, good on you! Pat yourself on the back. Now brace yourself for some bad news. » 3/10/15 1:20pm 3/10/15 1:20pm

Kale, Cauliflower, And Collards All Belong To The Same Species 

The species? Brassica oleracea. Its other varieties include cabbage, broccoli, savoy, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts, to name just a few commercially relevant examples. How did one species of plant come to be so diverse? Selective human breeding and exceptional genetic diversity. » 2/19/15 9:40am 2/19/15 9:40am

80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!

A recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in every living thing known to science and practically every food,… » 1/18/15 11:08am 1/18/15 11:08am

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,… » 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

How We're Going to Invent New Foods to Feed the World

One of the biggest threats to our future as a species is the looming spectre of famine. With a booming population and agriculture that's already pushed to its limit, we're going to need new ways to ensure our food security. One geneticist has an idea how we'll do it, by turning new plants into crops. » 7/03/14 11:30am 7/03/14 11:30am

Famine and Water Riots Are Coming, Warns New Intergovernmental Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a new report on the state of the global environment. One of their most important messages is that we need to prepare for famines and water shortages in the coming decades. » 3/30/14 8:22pm 3/30/14 8:22pm

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

We are way off target if we hope to feed everyone by 2050

A comprehensive study suggests that food production is not on track to keep up with population growth. That means food prices are going to rise in coming decades. This trend could also reverse the progress we’ve made in world food security. » 6/19/13 2:14pm 6/19/13 2:14pm

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

Climate change is causing Earth's animals to shrink

Earth's species are shrinking. As temperatures rise, plants and animals the world over are adapting, some more quickly than others, by becoming smaller — a trend that scientists say could have serious implications for ecological diversity the world over. » 10/18/11 11:09am 10/18/11 11:09am