A woman in the middle of a crop field holding crops

An engineer in Bolivia is reviving an ancestral, nutritious grain for the 21st century

The Big Fix

An Indigenous woman in Bolivia has earned international recognition for her work in the production, transformation and commercialization of cañahua, a resilient crop and nutritious grain with the potential to reach international markets.

soy field

Brazil’s soy boom takes a toll on traditional farming communities

A man holds soybeans in his hands.

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

Maize weevil

Study: Climate change will bring more pests, crop losses

Climate Change
A biting midge pollinates a cacao flower on the Goodman Cacao Estate in Killaloe, Australia.

Giant chocolate industry depends on tiny insects for survival

Steve Lorch has a 30-year plan to put upstate South Carolina on the map, known as a place for producing great tea.

Could Pickens, South Carolina, join China, India and Sri Lanka among the world’s great tea-growing regions?


When you think of the world’s great tea-growing regions, you might think of parts of India, Sri Lanka, China or Kenya. Odds are, though, you don’t think of Pickens, South Carolina, a small, economically depressed town in Appalachia. But one man in Pickens is on a mission to change that.

No-till farming.

Another way to grow crops — by laying down the plow


No-till farming is being championed by farmers and environmentalists alike. Here’s why.

In the desert community of Bnei Netzarim near the Egyptian border, organic farmer Gilad Fine shows off his greenhouse featuring lettuce grown hydroponically on raised platforms.

How to keep farming when God says to stop


According to Jewish law, farmers are supposed to leave their fields fallow every seventh year — which happens to be right now. But among farmers who pay attention to the decree, called “shmita,” there are all sorts of technicalities that allow them to keep on growing.

Soybeans with field

Rising carbon dioxide levels may reduce the nutritional value of important foods


Rising levels of atmospheric CO2 are already having significant impacts on climate, weather patterns and water supplies. Scientists expect increased carbon dioxide levels will also affect agriculture across the world, in ways we can’t predict. The results of a recent study suggest that one of those affects could be quite alarming.

How to find whole grains

Health & Medicine

Whole grains can reduce the risk of diseases, but separating real from fake can be confusing.