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How One Start-Up Is Making 'Wine' Without Grapes or Fermentation

Two bio-engineering graduates in San Francisco are on a controversial mission: to replicate wine using chemicals instead of grapes or …

Full Harvest raises $2 million to stop farmers from tossing ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies

Full Harvest, a San Francisco-based startup, has raised $2 million in seed funding to reduce food waste at the farm level. Founded by Christine Moseley, formerly the head of business development for cold-pressed juice makers Organic Avenue, Full Harvest connects farmers with food makers who want to …

Ants Mastered Sustainable Agriculture 30 Million Years Ago

New research reveals that some ants adopted a sophisticated level of farming eons before humans did, probably in response to a cooling and drying …

Habitats

Fungal Pesticides Offer A Growing Alternative To Traditional Chemicals

Pesticides based on fungi are just one example of biopesticides, a group that also includes bacteria and biochemicals derived from plants.<p>Biopesticides are a tiny segment of the market for now – but their use is projected to grow at a faster rate than traditional synthetic pesticides over the next …

Fungi

Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell's favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it "Tarzan" …

To Save Florida's Famous Oranges, Scientists Race to Weaponize a Virus

Florida’s citrus growers are running out of time. Since 2005, when a deadly disease called citrus greening first showed up in the state, they’ve been …

Buying the Farm

The town of Kearny, New Jersey, is a small industrial desert, populated by warehouses, factories, and twisting freeways filled with hulking cargo …

Shanghai is planning a massive 100-hectare vertical farm to feed 24 million people

International architecture firm Sasaki just unveiled plans for a spectacular 100-hectare urban farm set amidst the soaring skyscapers of Shanghai. …

Aquaponics

The Push to Make Pears the New Apples - The Atlantic

Amit Dhingra is on a mission to make America fall in love with the pear.<p>In a lab at Washington State University, the 45-year-old horticulture researcher has dedicated much of the last decade to the shapely fruit. Building off relationships with pear growers who say their businesses are held back by …

Agriculture

What really goes inside your wine?

When many people reach for a glass of wine, it’s quite often after a particularly stressful day, or to unwind with friends - but rarely do I think …

Liberals and libertarians should unite to block Trump’s extremism

What’s more, a “liberaltarian” economic agenda can serve as an alternative to snake-oil populism.<p>Ten years ago, in an article for the New Republic, I proposed that liberal-minded people across the political spectrum should unite to create a “liberaltarian” alternative to the populist right of the …

Bannon rejects white nationalism: 'I'm an economic nationalist'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's selection for White House chief strategist, says he's an "economic nationalist" but rejects racist and anti-Semitic elements of the nationalist alt-right movement.<p>In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bannon, a former Breitbart News executive, …

Donald Trump

For Young Voters, 'Hope and Change' Is Dead

A group of 20-something voters illustrates young people’s consternation with their political choices this year.<p>PHILADELPHIA—There was remarkably little idealism in the roomful of undecided young voters that convened here on Wednesday.<p>Asked to find a picture that represents America, the participants …

Globalisation: Where on the elephant are you?

<b>There is, to use the great cliche, an elephant in the room.</b><p>The room is globalisation, the increasing international economic integration we have lived through over the last few decades.<p>The elephant is what that development has arguably done to the distribution of income.<p>Why an elephant?<p>Because …

Globalization

Poland's parliament rejects near-total ban on abortion after protests

Proposals that would have limited terminations to cases where mother’s life is in danger rejected by 352 votes to 58<p>Poland’s parliament has overwhelmingly rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortions after protests by tens of thousands of women, marking an embarrassing setback for the …

Europe

Southwestern U.S. Faces 'Mega-Drought' by End of Century

The U.S. Southwest could face destructive mega-droughts unless dramatic action is taken to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate …

Climate fight targeting cows may reshape California dairies

Image 1of/10<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Dairy farmer Bob Giacomini, 79, is ahead of his time, even if he didn’t mean to be.<p>Eight years ago, the North Bay native …

Another dry year on California’s books as ‘drought continues’

Before-and-after photos of California reservoirs show impact of drought, El Niño<p>October is the time for optimism about water in California.<p>The forecasts start calling for rain as the coming winter offers hope of relief for the state’s thirsty rivers and reservoirs. Just this weekend, parts of …

Water

Abandoned: The four-legged victims of Venezuela's economic crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Skinny and desperate, they root in the trash for even a small morsel of overlooked food. They are bedraggled; their rib cages and hip bones show through taut skin.<p>On the street, left to fend for themselves, they snap at each other, trying desperately to survive in the cruel world which has …

Venezuela

Georgia Elementary School Educator Fired After Allegedly Calling Michelle Obama A 'Gorilla'

It's the second time this year a district employee has been disciplined for social media comments.<p>An elementary school employee in Georgia was fired this week after it was revealed that she allegedly posted racist messages on Facebook.<p>Jane Wood Allen, who served as a teacher’s aide at the Chestatee …

Social Media

First on CNN: North Korea may be planning October Surprise, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> If history is any guide, provocative actions from North Korea can be expected around the time of US elections, a new study says.<p>Over the past 60 years, North Korea's leaders have attempted to incite tensions around the time of American elections -- especially in recent years, the study by …

North Korea

Clinton: If I'm president, nominees will have to release their tax returns

Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has broken decades of tradition of both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Hillary Clinton vowed that if she becomes president, Trump will be the last major party nominee to keep his taxes largely under wraps.<p>“If I’m fortunate enough to be president, …

Donald Trump

DiCaprio: Politicians must believe in climate change to hold office

Politicians who deny climate change are unfit to serve, actor Leonardo DiCaprio said at a White House event Monday alongside President Barack Obama.<p>"The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over," the Academy Award-winning actor said during a discussion during the White House's South …

Climate

Why thousands of millionaires don’t pay federal income taxes

Tax documents obtained by the New York Times show that Donald Trump declared a massive net operating loss of $916 million in 1995, enough to allow him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years. The documents shed light on provisions in the U.S. tax code that allow wealthy individuals …

Donald Trump

A small town that has wrestled with big issues

FARMVILLE, Va. — When Joan Johns Cobbs was 13, her older sister, Barbara, took an incredible risk. Fed up with shabby conditions at their all-black high school, Barbara Johns led the students on a walkout to demand better education.<p>It was 1951, and the resulting court case became one of the pillars …

Black History