Health & Nutrition

New “Buck” naked barley: food, feed, brew


Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are giving an ancient grain a new life: this barley is naked, but not in an indecent way.

Soil amendments for healthier spinach


Soils keep plants healthy by providing plants with water, helpful minerals, and microbes, among other benefits. But what if the soil also contains toxic elements?

Kidney beans with better roots, better yield


Kidney beans, like most other beans, are a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with complex carbohydrates, protein, iron, and folate.

Promising peas’ potential in Big Sky Country


Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system.

Cultivating a city


Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Challenges of breeding “VIPeas”


The small but mighty chickpea packs a dietary and environmental punch. They are an important source of nutrition, especially protein, for billions of people across the world.

Organic panic: finding the right combination

Organic vegetables are popular. However, growing them is notoriously high-maintenance for farmers.

Cowpeas are the answer. What’s the question?


Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of rejuvenation. Water can be scarce.

Following tricky triclosan


Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan seems to be everywhere.

Downwind safety on the farm


Consumers don’t buy leafy greens and other healthy supermarket produce anticipating the food might make their families sick. Or at least, they didn’t used to.