horticulture

smuggling

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.
Becky Ferreira
9.24.18
Art

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.
Claire Voon
6.11.18
Foraging

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.
Gareth May
2.6.17
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.
Mark Sundeen
2.6.17
Foraging

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.”
Charles Parkinson
5.23.16
Plantlife

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!
Phoebe Hurst
1.8.16
nasa

Scientists Have Already Built a Prototype Greenhouse for Mars

A NASA-backed project has created a way to feed future martian explorers.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.12.15
Food

NASA: Now We Can Build Greenhouses on the Red Planet

The evidence of flowing water makes building greenhouses on Mars a very real possibility.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.29.15
gardening

My Ever-Escalating War Against Gophers

The grisly task of protecting a garden from one of nature's best-adapted animals.
Michael Byrne
7.2.15
earth

Backyard Biotech: Cloning Your Garden

Cloning new tomato plants is free and almost effortless. It's also fascinating and weird.
Michael Byrne
6.21.15
uk

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.
Emiko Jozuka
6.5.15
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.
Corbin Smith
4.24.15
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