Scientists are cracking the code of life. They can copy and paste DNA to make disease-resistant pigs, or plants that kill pesky insects. But as science surges ahead, regulators are struggling to keep up with the pace of innovation.
Massive bison herds used to be a staple of the Great Plains. That is until we almost hunted them out of existence. Now, with a new designation as the country's national mammal, bison ranchers argue that if we truly want to bring the animals back, we have to eat them.
One of the smallest states in the country is sending shock waves through the food system and farm country. On July 1, a controversial law goes into effect in Vermont that requires special labels on foods that contain genetically-modified ingredients. Because the U.S. Congress couldn’t agree on a plan, Vermont’s law becomes the de-facto national standard. At least, for now.
A giant snow goose population is destroying the birds' breeding grounds in the arctic and subarctic. Largely to blame? Farmland creating a flyway cafeteria for the birds as they migrate to and from Canada.
Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat part 3: Federal regulators and meat companies agree more must be done to make slaughterhouses safer, and while there are signs the industry is stepping up its efforts, danger remains.