A Booming Black Market Is Putting Many Cacti Species in Danger
Conservation scientists found that 261 out of 1,438 cactus species are unprotected by preserves or conservation regulations, putting them more at risk than mammals and birds.
Trump's EPA Is a Disaster, So These Artists Made Their Own
It's run by weeds (yes, weeds)—which are somehow a plausible alternative to Scott Pruitt.
Meet the Foragers Getting High on Mugwort
I joined forager Richard Osmond in search of mugwort, a relative of wormwood, the flavoring agent in absinthe. It’s also known for the inducement of weird dreams.
THE FUTURE OF TECH ISSUE
Can Farming Solve Detroit's Postindustrial Blues?
In an excerpt from Mark Sundeen's 'The Unsettlers,' the journalist connects with a young Detroit couple who have gone back to the land.
Britain Spends £166 Million a Year Spraying This Delicious ‘Weed’ with Herbicide
“It is basically rhubarb,” says forager Ross Evans of Japanese knotweed, the “weed” Britain spends £166 million every year attempting to eradicate. “The young shoots are also great, almost similar to bamboo shoots.”
Scientists Have Created a Plant That Grows ‘Egg and Chips’
The invention is actually a dual-cropping plant that grows both eggplant (that's the "egg") and potatoes (chips—geddit?). Those horticulturalists sure do love their wordplay!
Scientists Have Already Built a Prototype Greenhouse for Mars
A NASA-backed project has created a way to feed future martian explorers.
NASA: Now We Can Build Greenhouses on the Red Planet
The evidence of flowing water makes building greenhouses on Mars a very real possibility.
My Ever-Escalating War Against Gophers
The grisly task of protecting a garden from one of nature's best-adapted animals.
Backyard Biotech: Cloning Your Garden
Cloning new tomato plants is free and almost effortless. It's also fascinating and weird.
Here Comes the Genetically Modified, Disease-Resilient Super Spud
Researchers are trying to make a new potato that would require fewer pesticides and make healthier crisps.
acting out sexually
I Challenge Sam Hinkie to a Game of One-on-One
In which a writer challenges Sixers GM Sam Hinkie to a game of one-on-one, communes with nature, acts out sexually, eats a flower born of a basketball.