Why Can't We Farm These Foods Yet?

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There are some foods that are so popular that they are at risk of going extinct. What are they and why is it so difficult to harvest them?
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Sep 16, 2019




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SciShow 5 months ago
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ender_slayer3 4 days ago
climate change is not the fault of humanity, I call it "climate normalizing" considering that we are exiting an ice age, and the fact that it was warmer in the time of the early Roman empire than it is today confirms this
Horacio Toad
Horacio Toad 4 days ago
@99smite yes, you are right-there are truffle farms in N Carolina and Oregon. The huckleberry needs are way more complex, mysterious, yet understood here in Montana.
Horacio Toad
Horacio Toad 4 days ago
Terrible, inexact, inaccurate explanations, especially the huckleberry.
Eric Marriott
Eric Marriott 5 days ago
I thought it was global warming! Can we Quite moving the goal post when we get it wrong!!
Sergio Solórzano
Sergio Solórzano 2 months ago
@darknessblade Lots of truffle forests are planted in Spain 'cause its actually a nice businesses.
B uppy
B uppy Day ago
They have found that truffles can grow in the PNW. This video was outdated before it was posted...
Sunriser Day ago
Im assuming that you can farm truffles on tree farms
Jozhfy Day ago
the chinese and their over eating...
Tonydfixer D
Tonydfixer D 2 days ago
Why can't USvid standardize the audio that's being put out ?there's something really wrong with all the technology we have today and we can't watch USvid without it whispering the first video and then a second later they're blasting my portable speaker out of my iPad with the next .what the hell is going on?
Tommy Barber
Tommy Barber 2 days ago
Where else have I seen him
MrFilipang 3 days ago
Barbara Meza
Barbara Meza 3 days ago
Well, is it just me or the fruit in the thumbnail looks like a sack..XD
Heta Lampinen
Heta Lampinen 3 days ago
Um, in Manjimup, Western Australia, they farm black truffle. What I learned from the tour was that it took >10 yr to grow the needed habitat for the fungi (mostly hazelnut + fewer oak trees) and they have specialiced dogs coming in to sniff out the ones ripe to pick during harvest season. With the price those truffles sell, it was probably still a good investment. The Truffle Kertuffle is a fun harvest festival to visit if you happen to be in this part of the world :)
Ian Alexander
Ian Alexander 3 days ago
Truffles are farmed lol
Steven Homan
Steven Homan 3 days ago
truffles are cultivated in tasmania. dogs are trained to sniff them out.
stephen richards
stephen richards 3 days ago
Truffles are farmed or farmable.
Poodleinacan 3 days ago
Huckleberries taking 15 years to bare fruits from the seed?... Olive trees too take many years before baring their fruits.
I'm Watching 2
I'm Watching 2 3 days ago
The real problem is that bears love huckleberries too.
lavender amethyst
2:06 "Here in Montana" are you in Montana? What area?
Henrik Nystrom
Henrik Nystrom 4 days ago
2 15 second unskipable ads are stupid
fumblerooskie 4 days ago
The saskatoon berry is even more popular than the huckleberry, and it is also hard to grow, though there are places on line where they can be purchased. I'm actually pretty surprised you ignored them given that they grow in nearly all of southern Canada and the northern U.S. states and even Alaska, and don't have bitter seeds, unlike huckleberries. And don't let anybody tell you they're called anything but "saskatoon berry." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelanchier_alnifolia
Zack Daugherty
Zack Daugherty 4 days ago
As a person who has done some larval rearing of yellowfin tuna there has been closed cycle work on bluefin tuna in Japan at Kiki University. It can be done but economically viable is another matter as those that sell for 3 million dollars are more show-piece auctions.
Nytholo Zeph
Nytholo Zeph 4 days ago
Why don't you grow something that everybody does like? You should grow candy.
RDKirbyN 4 days ago
Jesus is half of this PowerPoint text being read?
poetmaggie1 4 days ago
Scarcity is the key to luxury had attempt to make something less scarce is the key to extinction.
Ahmad Shafik Abdul Jalil
nah, Japan already succeeded farming bluefin tuna.. asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-trends/Fully-farmed-bluefin-tuna-ready-for-wider-sales-beyond-Japan
TheManlyBog 5 days ago
What the heck we literally have at least 20 huckleberry plants that produce every year on my property. That's crazy to learn
tota konoe
tota konoe 5 days ago
iamagi 5 days ago
No, you can't use metric and freedom units in the same video.
The DDV Show
The DDV Show 5 days ago
Wrong. Regulation the government force is what destroys human flourishing.
Andrew Kaiser
Andrew Kaiser 5 days ago
How dare you post a video with a cover photo not contained in the video. Shame shame shame
GuyRami 5 days ago
You're almost literally speaking of the peculiar situation or space for the "ripening" of a particular outcome.
Alackofcaring 5 days ago
We farmed truffles in the 1800s. We bred a variety of dogs to assist in this. Then France fed half of its Male population to British made bullets fired from german made rifles. Then they got roflstomped by the great depression and then the blitz. The specific farming methods required to grow truffles as well as many of the fields were lost in the german occupation resulted in a drastic drop in production. People used to peel their truffles like potatoes. Nowadays even the peel is vital, and so they are gently grated. Classism is also kind of an issue. Farmers know they can sell their crop to stupid rich people at a massive markup, and so they choose to do so. The investment in new truffle fields is so long term that in modern day capitalism it's simply infeasible compared to the communal farming allotments that 18th century France once had. Genetic modification could solve all these problems but Greenpeace are a bunch of whack jobs so that isn't happening any time soon.
Cloudberries! Delicious and beautiful but so. freaking. hard to grow.
Skela Tonne
Skela Tonne 6 days ago
This is extremely misleading and untrue but this comment will get lost & nobody will see it & people will believe this is true. This is literally how the spread of misinformation starts....
Boyan Tang
Boyan Tang 6 days ago
Isn’t wasabi hard to grow?
:/ fish bit made me sad
4n09 6 days ago
Is it pronounced fun-jai or fun-gi?
Alex Parris
Alex Parris 6 days ago
As the manager of an aquaponic greenhouse i can tell you that “larvae of one species of [ANY FISH] are packed in tightly, they grow more slowly, and fewer survive”. It is quite literally the FIRST rule of livestock... the biggest issue for bluefin farming is that any farms would need to be open water farms that require vast tracts of ocean with graded nets forming concentric circles with the inner nets smallest and outer nets widest, allowing larvae and and prey fish to swim freely in and out and only preventing eacape of larger fish as they grow from feeding. The issue with this is that it requires a huge operation and typically in non-coastal waters or out in international waters. This provides both a massive risk to the operation as it leaves them Out of jurisdiction of most protectionist policies as well as leaves them without public funding
Ron G
Ron G 6 days ago
Oh no! Rule #1 of climate change propaganda is never suggest there is a possible benefit to warming climate. Didn't you read your handbook?
kl. johnny
kl. johnny 7 days ago
Durians r mucus-forming! NEVER!!! eat excessively, durians!
Angus Uchiha
Angus Uchiha 7 days ago
The more wild the food, the higher quality the food.
TheBobBrom 7 days ago
Couldn't we grow truffles along with fruit trees which are often hardwoods
Jordan D
Jordan D 7 days ago
Coastal cities may all become like Venice because of climate change, but at least you’ll have extra truffles on your lunch!
Ashmole Productions
American farmers recently figured out how to domesticate truffles. Though they are keeping the secret to themselves.
Joel Moore
Joel Moore 7 days ago
southern europe lol yea sure 😂
sugarfrosted 7 days ago
Farm isopods
Angel Generation
Angel Generation 8 days ago
At a $500 Truffle once.... feel like they're a bit overrated
Josef Strydom
Josef Strydom 9 days ago
There is a type of spinach called Morogo here in South Africa that can only grow in nature else it becomes poisonous due to the extra nitrates in the fertilizers used in commercial farming.
Shane Hunter
Shane Hunter 9 days ago
Say funji one more time
Princess Jellyfish
Princess Jellyfish 10 days ago
The way you say fungi.. I just wanna talk
hydrus77 11 days ago
Correction black truffles are actually farmed, clicked just to tell yall
Adam Rodgers
Adam Rodgers 11 days ago
I wish we could farm pawpaw. It's grows naturally in Canada here but I've never seen or had one.
Oliver 11 days ago
Weird to mention bluefin specifically, because most fish aren't economically worthwhile to farm. Bluefin are the norm not the exception.
doc usnhmusmc
doc usnhmusmc 11 days ago
Oliver Twist reference
Elysian Ghost
Elysian Ghost 11 days ago
The man who first said “variety is the spice of life” Was declared clinically insane.
Matt Thorpe
Matt Thorpe 12 days ago
There's a truffle farm in Tasmania that's doing pretty well....maybe it's not as difficult as Europeans say...
Cayla fenton
Cayla fenton 12 days ago
Japanese have farmed blue fin tuna but they don't like the taste so....
Joanna Eastham
Joanna Eastham 12 days ago
He looked so pleased with himself when he said "spice of life" 😄😄😄
introprospector 12 days ago
"Here's a social problem we've encountered! Since there might be a technological solution, we're going to completely ignore pursuing social changes to solve this problem, that would be too hard." Libs.
Kaiser 13 days ago
Is it not "fun-guy" not "fun-j-eye"
Clive Paterson
Clive Paterson 13 days ago
Truffles are now farmed in a few countries. The trees and fungus have been imported and grown successfully in Western Australia. We see truffle on our restaurant menus all the time now. Check this link about the spread of truffle farming. www.agric.wa.gov.au/new-horticulture-crops/cultivation-black-truffles-western-australia
cdarbo 98
cdarbo 98 14 days ago
Every year I get huckle berry chocolate in Wyoming. Amazing
Troow 14 days ago
We have something that we call Blueberries. They can't be farmed either and they are nothing like what is sold in the stores and is called blueberries. Should not be allowed to call those tasteless things blueberries. Real blue berries are small, sweet, very tasty and blue all the way though. Your mount get blue eating them and your hands from picking them.
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