Agriculture

How the U.S. Corn Belt Is Helping Us Understand Climate Change

The large swath of corn running through the United States "boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth," says NASA.

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To Fight Climate Change, the Entire World Will Have to Eat Less Meat

It will be impossible to reach U.N. temperature targets without reducing our intake of certain foods, researchers say.

The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image

After months of extremely dry weather, a Sacramento-area lake has pulled a massive disappearing act.

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Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

How globalization has changed the nature of urban development.

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Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas

The fungus that rots the most common banana found in U.S. supermarkets is spreading closer to major plantations.

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This Exposé of China's 'Gutter Oil' Black Market Will Churn Your Stomach

Some street food vendors are still using cooking oil made from garbage. 

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6 Mind-Boggling Facts About Farms in China

China's spectacular run as provider of its own food is looking severely strained.

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Why Does California's Central Valley Have Such Bad Air Pollution?

The farming communities of the Central Valley breathe some of the worst air in the nation