Plant Hormone Makes Space Farming a Possibility — ScienceDaily
This newly identified hormone helps plant roots and fungi work together to encourage plants’ growth, sort of like how when peanut butter and jelly team up they make a better sandwich than they ever could alone. (Fight us.) In fact, this teamwork could make plants strong enough to grow in the harsh conditions of space. Would PB&Js be better in space? Questions to ponder.
Let’s Cook! Ep. 1: Food Production in a Modern Age — Crop Protection on YouTube
In this YouTube series, foodie and ECPA Director of Public Affairs Graeme Taylor and farmer/blogger Will Evans show you how to make a healthy, summery barley salad. They also have a frank, intriguing conversation about pesticides, food waste, and good food.
The Cow-Milking Robots Keeping Small Farms in Business — The Atlantic
Dairy farming is a tough business for small farms that may have trouble weathering price changes and other setbacks. Cow-milking robots make it easier for small family farms to stay profitable and avoid having their business go sour.
How Human Waste Could Power Global Agriculture — Geographical
It’s natural. It’s organic. It might be the next big movement in sustainable agriculture.
Africa Bets on Technology to Lure Youth to Farming — Reuters
Like all of us, the next generation of African farmers are psyched about all the ways that technology can make life easier. And in the case of farming, technology can make life a lot easier — for instance, making vital information about crop health available for free. Farming still isn’t quite as easy as those farming games you can play on your phone, but it’s getting closer.
The Banana Is Dying. The Race Is on to Reinvent It Before It's Too Late — Wired
If bananas were to go extinct — as is currently a possibility — a thousand smoothie empires would crumble into dust. But we can rebuild a better, more resilient banana. We have the technology. It won’t even cost $6 million at the supermarket.