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The expert on identifying traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites reckons the thirst for a brew was enough of an incentive to start growing crops.

2009-12-24

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Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.

2010-03-09

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A genetically modified (GM) variety of maize banned in the EU has been sown accidentally across Germany.

2010-06-07

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Researchers in the US have found new evidence that genetically modified crop plants can survive and thrive in the wild, possibly for decades.

2010-08-06

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Farming in Europe did not just spread by word-of-mouth, but was introduced by migrants from the ancient Near East, a study suggests.

2010-11-10

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A new book claims Africa could feed itself within a generation, and become a major agricultural exporter.

2010-12-02

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Scientists have announced a plan to collect and store the wild plant relatives of essential food crops, including wheat, rice, and potatoes.

2010-12-10

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Are You Being Controlled ... By Corn? What if humans are all just pawns in a clever strategy game masterminded by corn? In this video, author Michael Pollan asks you to see things from a plant's-eye view -- to consider the possibility that nature isn't opposed to culture, and that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool. By merely shifting your perspective, perhaps you can help heal the Earth...
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A new study deals a blow to the idea that most European men are descended from farmers who migrated from the Near East 5,000-10,000 years ago.

2011-08-23

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