Over thousands of years of evolution, human bones have become much lighter and more fragile with the switch from foraging to farming, according to new research.
The origin of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago may be key to the world's future food security, according to new research.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
Have you ever riffled through your medicine cabinet to find expired bottles and unfinished prescription regimens? You may want to get rid of them, but just tossing them in the trash is a bad idea. Research has revealed that commonly prescribed drugs leave chemicals that persist in even treated waste, and can adversely affect the crops we eat.
Invasive grasses and weeds have been slowly moving into California's pastures, making things harder for the local grasses that livestock have relied on for generations. Now, researchers are saying that if farmers let the grasslands rest, they can get healthy enough to resist invasion.
With a great deal of scrutiny being aimed at common pesticides, researchers are now investigating unconsidered ways that these pest controls could do more harm than good. The latest of this work has revealed that insecticides could actually be increasing "toxic" slug populations in soil.
A new study has revealed the complexities of deforestation, showing that a very wasteful land management strategy is not only encouraging the decline of our world's rainforests, but actually making little use of the resulting cleared land. Now experts are suggesting a new strategy.
Sixty years ago the cropland that once dominated the South Carolina longleaf pine woodlands was finally left untilled. Now, the woodlands appear to have recovered to their former glory, showing little evidence that they were once ever wide and empty fields. However, while it may not be obvious, local plant and animal life seems to still know what happened to their home not too long ago.
With experts worrying that global food shortage may soon become an issue due to an unsustainable human population, they are trying to come up with a possible solution. But new research shows that we may not have to worry after all - as long as we're okay eating bacterial slime and bugs instead of a Big Mac and fries.
The general consensus is that the climate change dispute is over, with the majority of the scientific community and the public at least agreeing that it is occurring. However, new research has revealed that the agricultural community's stance on the issue remains a bit more undecided - highlighting a division between scientists and farmers that may have a lot to do with perspective and belief.
Have you ever looked at a cornfield and wondered "just what are they going to do with all those stalks come harvest?" Without corn to hold up, they could be pretty useless. However, a team of researchers has found a way to break down corn stalks and other biowaste into a series of chemicals that normally can only be derived from petroleum-based fuels.
Here's some great news for pizza and pasta lovers everywhere. Researchers have discovered a new set of gene variations that can boost fruit production in the tomato plant by as much as 100 percent, raising that maximum crop output ceiling for the world.
Deluge, droughts, rising sea levels, and shrinking water tables - these are the things of nightmare for farmers and agricultural scientists alike. That's because they know something that most of us don't think about: the world's demand for food is set to increase by two-thirds by mid-century. That's where salt-loving plants, called halophytes, can make a difference.
New images from NASA's Aqua satellite stunningly illustrate the air quality problems that an increasingly industrialized China faces. Interestingly, the latest of these images shows that agricultural practices, not just industry, heavily contribute to the smog and haze that is literally choking the county's citizens.
Imagine once healthy farmland rich with the signs of life reduced to a barren wasteland. Even as you walk across it, a strange white crust crunches under your feet, reminding you of the root of the problem: salt. A team of international experts has now found that salt poisoning costs the world an additional 2,000 hectares of agricultural soil every day, and while some of this is natural, a large part can be blamed on irrigation.