agriculture

Health & Medicine

EPA approves a new herbicide for GMO crops and lawsuits follow

Many of today’s synthetic pesticides are derived from chemical weapons developed during the First and Second World Wars. Today, in the US, chemical warfare is waged daily against weeds in industrial agriculture. It has become an escalating conflict, as unruly weeds rapidly adapt to new products. The latest weapon has stirred strong opposition from environmentalists, farmers and food safety advocates.

Science, Tech & Environment

Rising carbon dioxide levels may reduce the nutritional value of important foods

Rising levels of atmospheric CO2 are already having significant impacts on climate, weather patterns and water supplies. Scientists expect increased carbon dioxide levels will also affect agriculture across the world, in ways we can't predict. The results of a recent study suggest that one of those affects could be quite alarming.

Health & Medicine

EPA approves a new herbicide for GMO crops and lawsuits follow

Many of today’s synthetic pesticides are derived from chemical weapons developed during the First and Second World Wars. Today, in the US, chemical warfare is waged daily against weeds in industrial agriculture. It has become an escalating conflict, as unruly weeds rapidly adapt to new products. The latest weapon has stirred strong opposition from environmentalists, farmers and food safety advocates.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo quiz

For today's Geo Quiz, we're looking for a vast, surreal landscape in South America that's made up of salt. The answer is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Reporter Ruxandra Guidi takes us there.

Science, Tech & Environment

Raising Bangladesh

Some of the countries most at risk from climate change are low-lying nations. And chief among them is the South Asian country of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is experimenting with floods to prevent floods. Daniel Grossman has our story on PRI's The World.

Business, Finance & Economics

Cows to Kazakhstan

A couple hundred head of cattle boarded a jumbo jet out of Fargo, ND on a 22 hour flight. The shipment is part of an agricultural deal to send a couple thousand hardy cows to Kazakhstan. For the Geo Quiz we ask, where did they land?

Arts, Culture & Media

Caribbean reef

For our Geo Quiz, we're looking for the 'northernmost' country in Central America. The country in our sights is about the size of Massachusetts, but its borders include 240 miles of Caribbean shoreline.