Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 11:57 a.m.

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

NPR | Aug. 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

NPR | Aug. 12, 2014 4:08 p.m.

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

NPR | Aug. 08, 2014 2:52 p.m.

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

NPR | Aug. 05, 2014 9:35 a.m.

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

NPR | Aug. 04, 2014 5:12 a.m.

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now are threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

NPR | July 31, 2014 1:05 p.m.

Mackerel, herring and sardines are some of the most nutritious fish in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

NPR | July 30, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore college is the first successful attempt in North America.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

NPR | July 25, 2014 12:51 p.m.

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

NPR | June 23, 2014 8:14 a.m.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli appeared to help people excrete common air pollutants faster in a study. So does that mean there's something to a green veg detox? Scientists say maybe.

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