Tagged: agriculture

History of the potato

The potato, from the perennial Solanum tuberosum, is the world’s fourth largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and maize. The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere’s largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more....

Food frown without soil

Using city rooftops to grow healthy sustainable food. Learn how Lufa Farms is using technology and automation to grow fresh food daily with no soil, no pesticides, less water and zero waste.

Doomsday seed vault

Way up north, in Svalbard’s permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, is the world’s largest secure seed storage, opened by the Norwegian Government in February 2008. From all across the globe, crates of...