The Seed Searchers

Scientists look to the wild relatives of sunflowers and other crops to secure our food supply against the ravages of climate change.


To help feed billions of people, scientists braved the snake-infested and croc-filled swamps of northern Australia in search of rice.

Blue agaves, like these nearly mature plants at a Patrón plantation in Atotonilco, Jalisco, are conventionally treated with herbicides and other chemicals to keep down weeds and pests.

Heart of Agave

How a renegade optometrist is defying Big Ag and saving Mexican farms— with the finest tequila you’ll ever taste

Pacific sardines schooling in Kelp Forest Exhibit. Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

A Little Fish In Big Trouble

Scientists are concerned that a sardine fishing ban has come too late