Tag: agriculture

How Can I Wash All the Pesticides Off My Food?

Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series in which we try to answer questions about the science behind food – from farm to fork. If you have a food-related question, please let me know at matt_shipman@ncsu.edu. What is the best way to wash all the pesticides off your food? The bad news: you

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Farmers Skeptical About Validity of Climate Change

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

The recently released National Climate Assessment, reported by a team of 300 experts, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences, asserts that climate change is already impacting the United States, and that the warming of the past 50 years is “primarily due to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.” Ask American farmers about climate

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Blueberry Power: Eat Your Way to a Better Workout

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Justin Moore, an extension communications specialist who works at NC State’s Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, N.C. Drop and give me 20. But don’t forget to eat your blueberries before and after you complete those push-ups. It turns out that that the fruit, already renowned

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Bee Economy: Honey, Mites and Diesel Drive Pollination Fees

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Many crops rely on pollination by honey bees and, as a result, there’s a market for the services of professional beekeepers and their bees. And the cost of those services has been on the rise. What’s driven the increase in pollination fees over the past 20 years? A new study from North Carolina State University

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What’s the Deal with Seedless Watermelons?

Friday, July 20th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Seedless watermelons aren’t seedless. They have those little white seeds that don’t have hard black shells, like the seeds in seeded watermelons. How do they do that?  Glad you asked! In seeded watermelons, the seed develops its hard seed coat (or testa) once it is fertilized. But, because seeds in seedless watermelons cannot be fertilized,

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