Space garden. The crew of the International Space Station will soon be eating fresh beans grown while in orbit. The experiment which will begin in 2021 will inform how food will be produced for long journeys across space.
Space January 14, 2019
The Amazon rainforest is not so untouched after all. Researchers found that ancient farming communities planted corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in the rainforest 4,500 years ago.
Earth/Environment July 24, 2018
A man from Idaho was impaled by a 40-pound spear while working on building a fence. The object pierced the man through his back and out of his stomach when it fell from the loader it was attached to.
Public Health July 11, 2018
A new study found that exposure to farming environments may decrease the risk of sensitivity to allergens like pollen and pets. Interestingly, low sensitization is not limited during childhood but also during adulthood.
Public Health May 14, 2018
Scientists simulated what it's like in Mars to identify the the potatoes that can withstand extreme conditions on the red planet, such as freezing temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. What variety emerged as the best?
Earth/Environment March 31, 2017
Despite bumblebees being placed in the U.S. endangered list, entomologist Jeff Whitworth at Kansas State University said there is no reason to worry about the insects going extinct. He also suggested steps that will improve the bumble bees’ population.
Animals February 1, 2017
A species of ants in the Fiji Islands have been growing and nurturing fruit plants for millions of years, long before ancient humans discovered farming. Researchers point to a profound relationship between these ants and the plants they nurture.
Animals November 25, 2016
Which vegetables can grow best in Mars? Scientists are working on an artificial Martian garden to determine which crops would grow best on the Red Planet.
Space October 10, 2016
Did agriculture originate from a homogeneous group of early farmers? A new study suggests otherwise, indicating that farming during the Stone Age may have been invented by diverse groups in the Fertile Crescent.
Ancient July 16, 2016
The oldest fossil evidence of agriculture shows that termites started to tap on farming millions of years before humans did. How did farming impacted the evolution of these social insects?
Animals June 25, 2016
How did agriculture spread to Europe, which was once dominated by hunter-gatherers? DNA analysis revealed that farming was brought by migrant farmers from northern Greece and western Turkey.
Ancient June 8, 2016
Agricultural emission produced by farming is one of the biggest sources of air pollution in the world, a new study revealed. How did that happen?
Earth/Environment May 18, 2016
The growing population has taken a toll on much of the world's forests. In order to meet the demands for food, forests are turned into farmlands but a new study has found that if everyone would go vegan, trees won't need to be cut anymore.
Earth/Environment April 21, 2016
Food production and agriculture in Western countries are predicted to be hit harder by droughts and extreme weather events due to climate change. Farmers from developed nations are then urged by experts to start adapting and thinking differently.
Earth/Environment January 9, 2016
Researchers found that the first European farmers came from Turkey. By studying the DNA of Anatolian skeletons, scientists were able to understand more how the ancient hunter-gatherers shifted to farming.
Animals January 6, 2016
Early pesticide exposure is linked to poor lung function in children of farming families. Each tenfold increase in levels of organophosphate urinary metabolites was linked to a 159-millimeter decrease in lung function.
Life December 6, 2015
A team of researchers found that farming has changed the way European DNA was structured since 8,500 years ago. They also found proof that ancient European farmers hailed from ancient Anatolia, now known as Turkey.
Animals November 25, 2015
A robot that could smash weeds and distinguish plants has been developed by scientists at Deepfield Robotics. Known as BoniRob, the robot could revolutionize how farmers tackle weed control.
November 22, 2015
This guy spent $1,500 and six months to make one expensive sandwich from scratch, and all it had was veggies, cheese, honey, and chicken.
Internet Culture September 16, 2015
Modern lifestyle is often blamed on the weakening of the human bones. A new study involving the bones of people who lived over the past 33,000 years suggests agriculture has something to do with the changes in human bones.
May 19, 2015
You would think that John Oliver would use this week's 'Last Week Tonight' segment to take down poultry companies for their treatment of chickens. However, Oliver showed that the farmers suffer just as much.
Movies/TV Shows May 18, 2015
When humanity settled down to farm rather than hunt and gather, we paid a price -- our bones got weaker. The settled lifestyle saw our skeleton become more fragile, researchers say.
December 23, 2014
Farming causes large seasonal fluctuations in carbon dioxide levels, a new study shows. Innovations in agriculture have led to a larger human impact on the environment.
Earth/Environment November 23, 2014
Increased farming gives us food but is also responsible for the increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Food production is estimated to double on the Earth in the next 50 years.
Animals November 22, 2014
Barley, a cold-tolerant crop that can thrive in high elevations, made it possible for people to live permanently at the extreme altitude of the Tibetan Plateau 3,600 years ago.
Animals November 21, 2014
Why carve a pumpkin when you could just buy a Frankenstein shaped one instead? Find out how these beauties are made.
Internet Culture October 16, 2014
The magic is gone, at least for one fertile cave in Bungie's 'Destiny.' A new patch fixes respawn timers so players can't farm engrams in the Magic Cave quite as easily as before.
Video Games September 28, 2014
In a recent study, scientists proposed "ambitious mitigation" to curb nitrogen pollution expected to rise by a whopping 156 percent in 2050.
Earth/Environment May 16, 2014
Scientists have finally figured out how farmers overtook their hunter-gatherer brethren in the early days of humanity. New research indicates how early humans transitioned to an agricultural society.
April 25, 2014
A recent study unearthed a threat to human ecosystem in a seemingly innocuous mound of cow manure when scientists found it harbored a number of newly identified genes that can beef up any pathogen's resistance to antibiotics. They are studying whether the bacteria clinging to the manure can move into the human ecosystem.
Earth/Environment April 24, 2014
ISS astronauts are growing safe, edible vegetables at the Lada greenhouse in the International Space Station (ISS).
Space February 3, 2014