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By Andy Dyer / On March 28th, 2016

The Cavendish banana was truly fortunate to have been discovered by humans. Without our adoption, this sweet and attractive—but seedless—banana would have disappeared into the jungle long ago because, as a genetic mistake, it was doomed to be an asexual...

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By Emily Monosson / On September 3rd, 2015

This post originally appeared at Emily Monosson's blog: Evolution in a Toxic World We live in an age of pesticide and antibiotic overuse. One outcome is...

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Laurie Mazur / On July 6th, 2015

Consider, for a moment, that lettuce leaf on your plate. It probably traveled a long way to get there—about 1,500 miles, on average.1 In fact, your dinner has probably seen more of the world than you have: the average American meal contains ingredients...

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Andy Dyer / On June 16th, 2015

A barley field in England.

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Emily Monosson / On April 28th, 2015

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Andy Dyer / On April 23rd, 2015

Healthy soil is home to numerous organisms.

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By Meghan Bartels / On April 3rd, 2015

A drought- and disease-resistant wheat variety growing in Pakistan.

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By Emily Monosson / On March 25th, 2015

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in green, with human cell, grey.

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By Meghan Bartels / On March 10th, 2015

Post by David Johns, contributor to Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. When humans started to farm 12,000 years ago, they began to change the earth in...

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By Andy Dyer / On February 26th, 2015

Photo by Richard Lee, used under...

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