August 8, 2012 Farmers are emptying some of the world's most important aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them, which means less water for everyone. This map from the journal Nature shows where irrigation is doing the most damage.
August 2, 2012 Will tomorrow's U.S. supermarket stock 10 kinds of potatoes? Potato geneticist Chuck Brown hopes so. He's been working to introduce the American market to purple, orange and red potato varieties, and bring back the sizzle potatoes once enjoyed.
June 1, 2012 Scientists still don't know exactly what growing conditions are responsible for the most flavorful tomatoes. But they have a few ideas that are worth keeping in mind as you try to coax sweetness and tartness from your garden seedlings.
May 17, 2012 We may romanticize that strawberries are grown down the road, but most of them come from California. And a complex web of plant cloning practices, relocation and fumigation has cropped up to keep it that way. Although scientists are exploring new options, like soil-free growing.
April 30, 2012 The Obama administration backed off a proposal to restrict kids under 16 from working on farms after a major push by conservatives and farm state Democrats. But farmers themselves weren't too happy about the restrictions, either.
April 23, 2012 After an outbreak of E. coli in spinach killed several people in 2006, farmers clamped down on every possible source of contamination. Those safety efforts have also pushed out wildlife, destroyed sensitive habitats and increased pollution in waterways.
April 4, 2012 Small dairy farmers and ex-cons don't make natural allies. But a non-profit group, Milk Not Jails, is hoping they can forge a new urban-rural relationship in New York state based on food rather than incarceration.
March 29, 2012 Two new studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, suggest that one class of insecticides poses a more serious threat to bees than government regulators realized.
March 29, 2012 As community supported agriculture grows in popularity, some farmers are reinterpreting the idea to reach new consumers. Traditionalists worry that people are being diverted from the values that originally defined the CSA movement.
March 23, 2012 Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a 1977 plan to outlaw the use of certain antibiotics as growth promotion drugs for livestock. American farmers are unsure about how this could impact their industry, but there's a real-world example that provides some answers: Europe, and specifically Denmark.
March 20, 2012 In cities across the country, most community gardens are divided up into individual plots. It means if some of your neighbors start shirking their responsibilities, it's not really your problem. But there are also still a lot of people doing communal-style gardens.
March 12, 2012 All of our food crops are descended from plants that once grew wild. But the line that separates a despised weed from a valuable crop is sometimes a very fuzzy one.