Farmers skeptical about validity of climate change
The recently released National Climate Assessment, reported by a team of 300 experts, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences, asserts that climate change is already impacting the United States, ...
Report says warming is changing US daily life (Update)
Global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and is affecting how Americans live, a massive new federally commissioned report says.
European hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years
Hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years in Central Europe, before the hunter-gatherer communities died out or were absorbed into the farming population.
Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say
The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs). That's the conclusion of scientists who write in Trends in Plant Science, a Cell Press ...
Social amoebae travel with a posse, have amazingly complicated social lives
In 2011, Nature announced that scientists had discovered a single-celled organism that is a primitive farmer. The organism, a social amoeba called Dictyostelium discoideum, picks up edible bacteria, carries them ...
Project cuts phosphorus levels in river
Conservation experts and farmers alike are rather pleased with the news out of southwestern Wisconsin.
Cat domestication traced to Chinese farmers 5,300 years ago
Five-thousand years before it was immortalized in a British nursery rhyme, the cat that caught the rat that ate the malt was doing just fine living alongside farmers in the ancient Chinese village of Quanhucun, ...
Sacrificial skull mound in Mexico puzzles experts (Update)
Archaeologists say they have turned up about 150 skulls of human sacrifice victims in a field in central Mexico, one of the first times that such a large accumulation of severed heads has been found outside ...
European hunter-gatherers owned pigs as early as 4600BC
European hunter-gatherers acquired domesticated pigs from nearby farmers as early as 4600BC, according to new evidence.
Soil-free farming prepares next generation for Green Energy future
When Boston College Professor Mike Barnett first got students involved in hydroponics, he couldn't get them to go home.
'Man-made' climate change a major woman's problem
Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.
Amoebas farm bacteria and carry guards to protect their crops in the wild
Model organisms, brought into labs because they are easy to work with, adapt to the lab, often shedding characteristics that allowed them to survive in the wild. Scientists who work with model organisms rarely ...
Human history preserved in tree rings of prehistoric wooden wells
Prehistoric farming communities in Europe constructed water wells out of oak timbers, revealing that these first farmers were skilled carpenters long before metal was discovered or used for tools. The research ...
Spain wilts in driest winter for 70 years
February is barely past but already Spanish farmers are on drought alert as reservoirs shrink, crops wilt and brush fires crackle after the country's driest winter in 70 years.