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Agriculture
Nematode Worm Could Liquify Slugs for U.S. Farmers
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Agriculture
Nematode Worm Could Liquify Slugs for U.S. Farmers
A parasitic nematode used in Europe to kill slugs was just discovered in Oregon, supporting calls to have its use for pest-control approved Stateside.
December 3, 2020

A parasitic nematode used in Europe to kill slugs was just discovered in Oregon, supporting calls to have its use for pest-control approved Stateside.

Food
Cultured Meat Gets First Greenlight for Sale
cultured meat
Food
Cultured Meat Gets First Greenlight for Sale
In a world’s first, Singapore has approved the sale of cultured meat, a major win for the meat alternatives industry.
December 3, 2020

In a world’s first, Singapore has approved the sale of cultured meat, a major win for the meat alternatives industry.

Insects
A French Company Is Building the World’s Biggest Insect Factory Farm
insect farming
Insects
A French Company Is Building the World’s Biggest Insect Factory Farm
Ÿnsect is building the world’s largest insect farming facility in Amiens, France. The mealworms grown there may end up feeding your pets and the salmon on your plate.
November 4, 2020

Ÿnsect is building the world’s largest insect farming facility in Amiens, France. The mealworms grown there may end up feeding your pets and the salmon on your plate.

Agriculture
This Massive Farm Robot Is Helping Secure the Future of Food
Farm Robot
Agriculture
This Massive Farm Robot Is Helping Secure the Future of Food
A massive farm robot is analyzing crops in Arizona, helping identify ones that could grow in hotter climates to help secure the future of food.
September 9, 2020

A massive farm robot is analyzing crops in Arizona, helping identify ones that could grow in hotter climates to help secure the future of food.

Biblical Plagues
Scientists Have Found the Locust Swarm Pheromone
locust swarm
Biblical Plagues
Scientists Have Found the Locust Swarm Pheromone
A locust swarm is flying famine, devouring millions of pounds of crops. Researchers have found the swarming trigger — and perhaps an answer to stopping it.
August 16, 2020

A locust swarm is flying famine, devouring millions of pounds of crops. Researchers have found the swarming trigger — and perhaps an answer to stopping it.

Agriculture
Afghan Farmers Use Solar Panels to Grow Food — and Opium
Afghan Farmers Solar Panels Opium
Agriculture
Afghan Farmers Use Solar Panels to Grow Food — and Opium
Farmers in Afghanistan are taking advantage of cheap solar panels to power the water pumps they use to irrigate crops for food and opium production.
August 6, 2020

Farmers in Afghanistan are taking advantage of cheap solar panels to power the water pumps they use to irrigate crops for food and opium production.

CRISPR
This Genetically Modified Cow Could Transform Beef Production
GMO Food
CRISPR
This Genetically Modified Cow Could Transform Beef Production
Cosmo the bull calf has an extra SRY gene, which makes him more likely to sire male cows — and also makes him a strong candidate for use as a GMO food.
July 26, 2020

Cosmo the bull calf has an extra SRY gene, which makes him more likely to sire male cows — and also makes him a strong candidate for use as a GMO food.

Animals
Battling a Locust Swarm From Space
Locust Swarm
Animals
Battling a Locust Swarm From Space
Using data from NASA satellites, researchers are scouring East Africa for areas where a desert locust swarm might be born — so they can destroy the eggs.
June 28, 2020

Using data from NASA satellites, researchers are scouring East Africa for areas where a desert locust swarm might be born — so they can destroy the eggs.

Food
"Doomsday" Seed Vault Now Contains Over 1 Million Samples
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Food
"Doomsday" Seed Vault Now Contains Over 1 Million Samples
Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the “Doomsday” Vault, now contains more than one million varieties of seeds from across the globe.
March 6, 2020

Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the “Doomsday” Vault, now contains more than one million varieties of seeds from across the globe.