Khaled Almaghafi is a bee master in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's spiritual work, too. "You see how they dance, how they collect the honey, how they work ... you feel deep inside there is a creator," he says.
The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
Rice genetically modified to produce Vitamin A could be the answer to some developing world childhood health problems. But some are voicing concerns. In a story originally produced for 'The DNA files' Julie Grant reports for Living On Earth.
Economist Sara Scherr, CEO of Ecoagriculture Parters, says it's time to start looking at farmers as environmental stewards, not just food producers. She speaks with Steve Curwood about techniques that help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The United States has been helping the Colombian military fight a war on coca, the plant used to make cocaine. There are efforts to help farmers find alternatives to growing coca. Living on Earth's Conrad Fox reports on one of these alternatives.
Some of the richest countries are buying up large swatches of land in some of the poorest countries. Olivier De Schutter is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He discusses the ethical quandaries of this new colonialism with Living on Earth.
The Laos government has set a goal to reforest their nation. Now, scientists are working with farmers to produce profitable harvests by finding higher yielding varieties of the rice that Laotians prefer - sticky rice. On Living on Earth.
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, the filmmakers behind the documentary, 'King Corn,' are at it again. This time they've planted rows of vegetables in the back of a Dodge pickup to show that food can be grown just about anywhere. On Living on Earth.
Generations of experts have dedicated their careers to finding ways to make sure children around the world have enough to eat. As Beth Hoffman reports from Uganda, some are turning to an overlooked bird to provide food and income. From Living on Earth.
With funding from the World Bank, villagers in southwestern Uganda will receive money for storing carbon in newly-planted trees. But as Beth Hoffman reports, the project could have unintended consequences. From Living on Earth.
Anchor Katy Clark speaks with Jerald O'Kennard director of the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago, about a plan to officially expand the region of France where "champagne" with a capital "C" can be produced