A Lesson in Reclaiming Waste

In the late 1980s, Mike Yurosek was frustrated. He was a carrot farmer who had to discard 400 tons of carrots every day because they were not “just right”. Carrots that were broken, twisted, slightly bruised, or otherwise imperfect simply wouldn’t sell in stores. Buyers were so picky that in many cases, 70% of the […]

Bamboo and Revolution

Listen to this article: Every 48 years, the bamboo forests of northeast India (within what is now the state of Mizoram) erupt in flowers. It is both a stunning display and a harrowing sign of impending disaster. Along with the flowers comes a tidal wave of rats. Arrival of the flowers, rats, and ensuing famine […]

The Great Emu War

Listen to this article: Australian farms were under attack. They requested help from the government, and the government obliged. In 1932, nearly 10,000 rounds of machine gun fire was used against the enemy. While Australia suffered no casualties (and killed thousands), in the end the military pulled back in failure. What was this unstoppable force? Emus.