For the past eight years, an international ban has protected Brazil's forests from being cleared to grow soybeans. But that ban expires in December, and some people in Brazil fear that soy farmers are coming soon for their forests.
Something's blooming on Long Island: lavender. Serge Rosenbaum's family farm, Lavender by the Bay, boasts some 60,000 plants, and they are in full flower right now. And that's drawing a lot of visitors, especially from Asia.
The global boom in shrimp farming has been great for consumers, but not for the environment. Saltwater shrimp ponds destroy soil in Asian villages. Now scientists are breeding rice that could help flush the salt every six months.
Despite growing evidence that the earth's climate is changing, many people remain skeptical. This denialism is often seen as a political response to the issue, but some mental health experts in Australia say it can also be a beneficial coping mechanism.
How did the wild red jungle fowl become the modern-day chicken? Why did our human ancestors choose to domesticate this odd bird? When and where did it first happen? And what does any of this have to do with a chili pepper? Scientists are teaming up to answer these questions, with big hopes for impact on the future.
There’s a crisis on the farms of America: Young people don’t want to work there. Agriculture experts are well aware of this. One strategy is to reach out to low-income, minority students, often immigrants in urban areas, grooming them to someday run the farm.
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November, it wiped out an estimated 33 million coconut palms. Now one coconut farmer is trying to salvage a living from his dead trees and buy himself time to regrow his crop.