The drought in Texas has sent the price of hay and livestock feed rising, and it's made the cost of owning a donkey much greater. Accordingly, some owners are letting their donkeys loose in Dallas, causing trouble for the local sheriff's office.
Growing asparagus has taken many in Peru from poverty to profitability. No, they're not rich, but lives have gotten much better. But there's a big downside. The country's agricultural heartland is going dry, as its aquifer runs low.
Meet the Tamarixia Radiata, a Pakistani pest that scientists are bringing to California to try and use to kill a pest that's threatening the viability of the state's citrus industry.
Late last year, the FDA said it would no longer seek to formally regulate the use of the most common antibiotics in farm animals. A month later, though, the FDA said it would regulate the use of cephalosporins, which represent less than 1 percent of the antibiotics used on farms.
In the decades since Apartheid ended, many cultural norms in South Africa have remained divided by race. Whites drink wine. Blacks drink beer. But all that is starting to change.
From American Democracy, to UFO controversies, from Arab Spring to African farm land, the most clicked on stories of 2011 on PRI.org touch on most of the major themes in the news in the past year.
Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.
In Central America's sugarcane field, more and more workers are coming down with a disease that shuts down their kidneys. Researchers are struggling for a cause. Chemicals on the fields? Heat? Overwork? No one knows, but it's a leading cause of death for men in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
In Kenya, vertical farming and small, urban plots are becoming an important part of keeping poor Kenyans from starving as they move out of the countryside and into the cities, because of climate change.
At SUNY Syracuse, a graduate researcher is trying to raise fish on cafeteria scraps and then use their waste as fertilizer for plants, in a study to see how to help improve the food ecosystem on Earth.