There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Red Gold Tomatoes company consumes 95% of the tomatoe crop in Inidiana & 80% all tomatoes in the Midwest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Small coffee growers in Kenya are able to increase crop yields significantly by following simple guidelines, such as proper pruning, but many don't, because it seems counterintuitive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agr…
Norman Borlaug has been credited with saving over a billion people from starvation by his use of genetic crossbreeding to greatly increase crop yield in places like Mexico, India, Pakistan, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I Learned about migratory beekeeping, the practice of using beehives to pollinate crops. Millions of bees are transported across America each year to pollinate avocados, cherries, apples, melons, lettuce and other crops. For this reason, many American vegetables are not strictly vegan. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety . duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
During The Great Depression, crop prices dropped so much some farm families burnt corn instead of coal in their stoves because corn was cheaper. Sometimes the countryside smelled like popcorn from all the corn burning in the kitchen stoves. iowapbs.org/iowapathways/…
Today I learned of a Pre-christian Swedish Tradition called β€œYear Walking,” which allowed the β€œYear Walker” to know future events such as people’s deaths, crop yield, and natural disasters. academia.edu/9403910/He_m…
Iceland was extensively forested before the first humans settled there. But within 500 years of their arrival 95% of woodlands had been cut down, leading to soil erosion, crop failure and the eventual abandonment of many farms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The courtship ritual of the white pufferfish entails the construction of intricate underwater β€œcrop circles” 20 times their size. David Attenborough has referred to them as β€œthe greatest artist of the animal kingdom.” smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Today I learned of Pomato, a grafted plant that is part tomato and part potato. The resulting plant have cherry tomatoes on the vine and white potatoes in the soil, resulting in plants with double crops. Grafting can also boost natural resilience and improve biodiversity by supporting different pollinators! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
In 2010, Korea temporarily removed tariffs on napa cabbage and radish imports because heavy rains and subsequent loss of crops, and therefore lack of kimchi, was considered a national crisis koreatimes.co.kr/www/news…
Today I learned about the Ogallala Aquifer, 174,000 square miles of fresh water underground that stretches from South Dakota all the way to northwest Texas. It supplies water for 1/4 of all irrigated crops in the US, and American farmers are struggling to conserve it. turnto23.com/news/nationa…
The US government created a raisin cartel that was run by raisin companies, which increased prices by limiting the supply, and forced farmers to hand over their crops without paying them. The cartel lasted 66 years until the Supreme Court broke it up in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned about crop milk, a substance that some birds feed their babies after hatching. Like mammal milk, it has antioxidants and immune boosters that help the baby birds survive. Unlike mammals it is produced by both males and females (in the crop instead of mammary glands). audubon.org/news/pigeon-m…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
Farmers in Africa use beehives to protect their crops from the largest and arguably most destructive crop pest in Africa: the elephant. Bees can’t sting through their thick hides but they can sting sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and inner trunk - they hear the hive buzzing and flee. thisiscolossal.com/2015/1…
Teff, the staple food crop of Ethiopia, is a highly nutritious "superfood" like quinoa. After US and European health food trends created a huge demand for quinoa, prices skyrocketed in Bolivia, where it is a staple food. Fearing their own food shortage, Ethiopia banned the export of teff in 2006 edition.cnn.com/2015/12/1…
The red grapefruit comes from a 1950s gov nuclear program called "Atoms for Peace" where they would mutate crops with radioactive material. In these "Gamma Gardens" ones grown close to the radioactive source died, but ones farther away turned red en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Fireworks are totally illegal in Florida, but are sold to ordinary people in huge quantities via hundreds of stores across the state to anyone who signs a waiver saying they're for agricultural use to scare birds away from crops. tampabay.com/features/con…
Today I learned about gleaning, collecting leftover crops from farmers fields after they have been commercially harvested or not profitable to harvest. It is described in the Hebrew Bible that became a legally enforced entitlement of the poor in a number of Christian kingdoms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union (STFU) was a federation of tenant farmers formed in July 1934 in Poinsett County with the immediate aim of reforming the crop-sharing system of sharecropping and tenant farming. encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…
Today I learned about a Baader–Meinhof effect, also called Frequency illusion. It's a illusion in which the thing you've just noticed, experienced or been told about suddenly crops up everywhere. healthline.com/health/baa…
CRISPR technology has been applied in the food and farming industries to engineer probiotic cultures and to immunize industrial cultures (for yogurt, for instance) versus infections. It is also being used in crops to enhance yield, drought tolerance and nutritional homes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRI…
Today I learned about The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar flare recorded. If this were to happen today, the impact on power grids, telecommunications, internet, crops, satellite communications and GPS systems would be $1 trillion to $2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Today I learned about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in Norway designed to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world's crop collections in case of natural or human-made disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Hay is a crop from grass, straw is a byproduct of grain production (the stems). Hay has more nutritional value for animal feed detroitnews.com/story/lif…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
In 2009, Tasmanian opium farmers discovered circles and patterns in their crops. It turns out it was wallabies getting high and bouncing around in circles. theguardian.com/world/200…
The amount of arable land (land that crops can grow on) per person on the planet is .19 hectacres, less then half a football field (excluding endzone). data.worldbank.org/indica…
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Experiments found that the colors of light reflected on crops while growing can affect their products: tomatoes grown over red mulch had 20% higher yield, carrots grown over yellow mulch had higher concentrations of beta carotene, "far-red" light increased the lengths of cotton fibers, and more. agresearchmag.ars.usda.go…
Loofah Sponges are the interior of a gourd native to South East Asia. The young fruit is often grown as a food crop, and when the gourds mature, they get a hard fibrous interior which are often sold as cleaning sponges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
Today I learned about UG99, a highly contagious wheat stem rust that can confer a 100% devastation rate to affected crops. It's essentially the Ebola of wheat and efforts are being made to stop it before we reach Wheatmaggedon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ug9…
The Kuwae volcanic eruption affected the entire world. During the final siege of Constantinople the city's gardens failed and it was racked by a thunderstorm. There were crop failures in Sweden, the Chinese recorded countless died of cold and famine, and Mexican codices record frosts in fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
In 1508 a French town tried to convict the local rats of destroying their crops, a lawyer successfully defended them by first arguing that court summons must be given to each individual rat and then arguing that it was too dangerous for them to come to the trial due to the cats in the town duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
Ug99 is a plant fungus that may threat worldwide wheat production in the future. It has the potential to cause a massive global famine since it causes up to 100% crop losses. So far, it has been detected in 22 countries in Asia and Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ug9…
97% of Britain’s wildflower meadows have disappeared since the end of WW2. These meadows supported pollinating insects for food crops, helped mitigate flooding by holding on to rain water, and captured vast amounts of carbon. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Rice farmers often put fish into their water-laden fields in a process called β€œrice-fish culture.” The fish act as pest control, improve oxygen circulation, and can even fertilize the soil with their droppings. This can increase the crop yield by 10% or more. idrc.ca/sites/default/fil…
The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa, and it is not related to Cannabis sativa. Sativa, sativus, and sativum are Latin botanical adjectives meaning cultivated often associated botanically with plants that promote good health and used to designate certain seed-grown domestic crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ory…
Besides humans, Formosan rock macaques are the only native primates living in Taiwan. Formosan rock macaques are hunted for their meat and for the damage they allegedly do to crops en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Norman Borlaug is an agronomist responsible for saving over a billion lives from starvation due to his work in creating drought and disease resistant crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Mosquito hawks do not actually eat mosquitos. Instead, the larvae mostly feed on roots of forage crops, turf grasses, and seedling field crops, while adults, if they feed at all, feed primarily on liquids such as nectar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Today I learned of "Dogwood Winters" in which late April - early May cold snaps are common. Farmers would predict these by whether or not the Dogwood trees had bloomed, and use this to determine when it would be safe to plant their crops. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
Today I learned of Distichlis palmeri, a grain plant with a high salt tolerance. Until recently it was thought to be extinct. But a breeding program of the remaining plants has bred varieties with yields of 2 tons per hectare, and is a strong candidate to become a major global food crop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
70 percent of the world’s Macadamia Nuts came from one tree in Australia. All of Hawaii’s macadamias share distinctive markers with a tiny wild grouping of trees in Gympie, suggesting that all of the state’s modern crops were likely cloned out of a single Australian tree. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Although they live in a climate inhospitable to crop development, the Inuit do not suffer from vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) due to their diet of frozen and raw fish and mammal organs. By not cooking the food, the vitamin C is not broken down and can be absorbed by the human body. wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuit_…
Australian opium farmers found mysterious crop circles in their fields. The culprits were wallabies who got high and bounced around in circles news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…

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