crops

A close-up shot of light-skinned hands, half covered by long, blue sleeves with thumbholes, holds up a white split-open pod of black beans.

Robin Clemmons rips apart a pod of black beans, demonstrating that not many people may realize where crops, like black beans, actually come from. These bean pods need to be dried before volunteers can shell them by hand — in a days work, it's tricky to fill a plastic shopping bag. (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Sr. Correspondent | Eckerd College
Food security is a growing issue, but small-scale agriculture can be a catalyst to aid in large-scale food movements.

On a traditional milpa farm, rows of agave are interspersed with other crops: pitaya-bearing cacti and ramón trees. (Evan Barnard/University of Georgia)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | American University
Milpa is a type of sustainable farming historically practiced by the Maya in the Yucatán and other parts of Mesoamerica. The milpas, planted with numerous crops for local consumption, are facing challenges from climate change.
SUNY ESF
The many-specied, woody, short rotation crop goes beyond use as a renewable biomass.

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Nexus Media
Rising temperatures are turning farming into a high-wire tightrope act. In a hotter, drier, more volatile world, growers have little room to make mistakes, and agricultural know-how is quickly becoming a prized commodity.
Climate change projections suggest an increased variability of temperature and precipitation and extreme weather that can hit agriculture hard.
Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
Climate change projections suggest an increased variability of temperature and precipitation and extreme weather that can hit agriculture hard.
The George Washington University
Are genetically engineered foods safe to eat? Have they had environmental impacts? Greg Jaffe cuts through the myths in this Planet Forward lecture.
Planet Forward/GWU
If you've got crops to sell in Africa, the trouble may be getting paid - unless you've got Agrimangr, a phone app that gives you all the info you need to get a fair deal.
The Dragon is an electric vehicle to serve as a personal tractor for farm workers doing hand work in the field. It provides a low seating position on a special seat to enable comfortable access to low growing crops. It is narrow such that it fits in... Read More
The Dragon Tractor is a farm vehicle that has many applications and intends to provide easier access to crops as well as more comfort for the operator. The Dragon can perform farming tasks including planting, cultivating, inspecting, pruning, and... Read More
UNSW Australia
Because there is less water available during a drought, water often picks up more minerals from the soil or ground and becomes saltier. These researchers in Australia say that their technology can efficiently filter water and remove salts so plants... Read More