A man holds soybeans in his hands.

How soybeans became China’s most powerful weapon in Trump’s trade war

China was once one of the biggest buyers of US soybeans. Now that the trade war between the US and China has intensified, tariffs have been put on US soybeans. Now, farmers across the country are hurting.

GMO corn

Congress approves rules for GMO labeling, but not everyone is happy

Masahiko Kakutani is now the main grower or farmer behind ‘Tokyo Salad,’ the Tokyo Metro’s new farming enterprise, which is housed underneath the Tozai Line.

If you run out of space for farming, look to the subway

Workers pick strawberries in a field on a farm in Oxnard, California, on February 24, 2015.

Agriculture is thriving in bone-dry California, and that’s not a good thing

Various kind of rice that are indigenous to the Sundarbans. Such native kinds of rice are able to withstand salty and austere conditions better than modern high-yield rice.

When climate sinks high-tech rice, older varieties may save the day

Opening up a box of imported cherries.

In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year


Chinese New Year begins next week and all across China people are getting ready. It’s a time for visiting friends and relatives. Throughout the country, people stock up on fruit to eat at home with family and to give as gifts. These days, Chinese shoppers are opening up their wallets for a particular luxury item — imported fruit.

A child plays at the Prado Boulevard in downtown Havana.

When will Starbucks pop up all over Cuba? Don’t count on it


American and Cuban officials are sitting down in Havana this week to try to hammer the details of their rapproachment. But McDonalds and Walmart won’t move in anytime soon.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver overcame segregation and Jim Crow laws to become one of America’s most influential scientists


From the son of slaves to one of the most influential agricultural scientists in US history, George Washington Carver embodied the idea that curiosity, intellect and innovation, coupled with determination, can bring great things to the world, no matter how difficult the circumstances.


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.

Cyanobacteria, or "green slime," is wreaking havoc with Lake Erie's water supplies and fishing industries. The outbreaks are caused largely by runoff of fertilizers and other nutrients from farms, and they're a growing problem in the Great Lakes and aroun

In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act


Nasty green slime poisoned water in Ohio last summer, and it’s becoming a regular thing in the region — and around the world. The problem is agricultural pollution, but some Ontario farmers are trying to try to cut back on the pollution that leads to the slime.