Nearly 70% of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of legal though potentially harmful chemical pesticides even in small amounts, and a popular snack for children is another big offender.
Large-scale farming with quality harvests remains an elusive challenge in Canada's far north, due to short summers and lack of infrastructure to store and transport commodities. But a warming climate makes crops possible in far-flung, isolated places.
Tearing open a chocolate wrapper or twisting the cap off a plastic bottle could be releasing polluting microplastics into the air, raising fears that boosting plastic recycling rates may not be enough to stem the problem of microplastic pollution.
Farmers in Sri Lanka aren't receiving training on how to deal with wild animals raiding their crops, despite human-wildlife conflicts growing more frequent as farms expand into wildlife habitats, according to a study.
Farmers in California's Central Valley are not known for their love of government regulations, but those same growers have seen a boost in the productivity of their high-value crops – and greater earnings – as a result of the Golden State's strict air pollution controls.