America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

For practically a century after its founding, the United States still couldn’t lay claim to any distinct cuisine. The emergent nation generally relied on a meat, potatoes and cheese diet, with fruits and vegetables often left off the dinner plate. Moreover, commonly held wisdom said that too many spices or condiments might just ruin one’s […]

US military goes green, eyes creation of ‘spy plants’

US military goes green, eyes creation of ‘spy plants’

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 11:24 Edited time: 27 Nov, 2017 11:25 A new research program commissioned by the US military could turn horticulture into a form of spycraft, potentially sparing humans the need to work in dangerous environments. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to genetically engineer plant-based sensors as battlefield surveillance […]