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 Month ago
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Churchill 22 days ago
Bible-thumpers... LOL.
TheRandom Trio
TheRandom Trio Month ago
I don't think people understand the title based on the other comments just saying
skankhunt 42
skankhunt 42 Month ago
you need to redo your research on tuna.tge FIRST one to be sold is the expensive one due to it being a type of trophy for the buyers to boast about.you dont go fishing for tuna and make 1000 trillion dollars in 1 trip.this channel gets way too many "facts" wrong.
Sakarias Karlsson
Im going to make truffles farm in basement, then im going to be rich as hell and be even more asocial than i am today. ;) ;)
Java 16 hours ago
The way he speaks about truffles makes them seem like small, fluffy, adorable animals.
Kyra Zimmer
Kyra Zimmer 19 hours ago
"animals with not enough space to survive survive less" things that apparently require scientific studies...
Torex Inc.
Torex Inc. 23 hours ago
Ah yes, I love a good fuJi
Amy G
Amy G Day ago
Wtf I've never seen a blue huckleberry in my life.... Learn something new everyday
Regenerate THIS
This is a great argument for agroforestry, sustainable wildcrafting, and permaculture...
Mr Smiff
Mr Smiff 2 days ago
What ever happen to caring for the planet. Every animal on this planet has a pre existing purpose drilled within their DNA in order to keep a balanced ecosystem...so why can't we fulfill ours of taking Care of this planet.
trojanwood 2 days ago
Preserve until the wild plants can sustain demand.
Dustin Frank
Dustin Frank 2 days ago
I imagine huckleberries with join the hydroponic family in a short time
J G 2 days ago
Hey help me with my chem homework
Ian Bergen
Ian Bergen 3 days ago
I'll never understand why so many youtubers don't put metric/imperial conversations on their videos. I don't want to math.
marco sanchez
marco sanchez 3 days ago
lil' Weeb
lil' Weeb 3 days ago
Keallei 2 days ago
lil' Weeb hehe I get what you mean.
lil' Weeb
lil' Weeb 3 days ago
@Keallei it just sounds so wrong...
Keallei 3 days ago
lil' Weeb both are acceptable.
Liubeiwushijiu 3 days ago
Indigenous people also know that you must give back to the land. You can't just harvest over and over without giving back.
Buck Dog
Buck Dog 3 days ago
Blueberry/huckleberry hybrids should be called Buckleberry, or Bluckleberry? Which one’s better?
Keallei 3 days ago
Buck Dog buckleberry!
Eduardo Muntaner Garcia
Stop. Saying. "Funji".
ooo top
ooo top 4 days ago
U forgot kesar. But still nice video
Keallei 3 days ago
ooo top probably lots left off the list. Maybe there could be a sequel.
Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy 4 days ago
Ever see that episode of Futurama where they search for anchovies? All the foods we can't make in the lab will be like that. And in the far future, people will taste those food and think "why did people like this stuff"
Syrkyth 4 days ago
Uh, truffle plantations were so prolific prior to the Great War that truffles were considered peasant and animal food. Due to the devastation of the war (casualties, plantation neglect, worker loss, etc) and the subsequent Second World War a bare 20 years later truffle plantations (consisting of oak stands inoculated with the fungus - grown and harvested for both food and firewood) basically became a lost cause. All of these foods are farmable, but like trees (for firewood, building material, paper etc) they need to be managed over a long period of time as a resource, not just a cash crop. Managed wood lots (via coppicing or rotating harvest plots) have been a prime example of sustainable harvesting for a millennia at minimum. Tuna are probably the most problematic food on this list. But even they are a great case of managing stocks rather than outright farming. Creating restocking programs, encouraging feed fish numbers and, in an extreme situation, placing a moratorium on harvests for a set period would a see numbers jump back up to harvest-able levels in very little time (assuming no radical changes in the environment cause a cascade extinction in the tuna's food chain (i.e. die off of base food planktons or algaes then progresses on up to feeder fish and then tuna).
Apollo Jetic
Apollo Jetic 4 days ago
david2869 4 days ago
Maybe Mom was bidding for the tuna at the same time?
Roman Cernega
Roman Cernega 4 days ago
The best solution would be to kill all humans it will work 100%
Robbert Gelderen
yeah stop destroying the planet, Roman Cernega!
c00k13 m0N5tA
c00k13 m0N5tA 5 days ago
Funny you should mention it... Just finished eating my Blue fin tuna sushi with truffle gratings and huckleberry sauce.
George Wilson
George Wilson 5 days ago
Does that make everyone a foodie, everyone eats food
La haba
La haba 5 days ago
Make a safe, healthy sustainable berry, please.
Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith 5 days ago
OMG you live in montana I feel sorry for you i spent just over a year in great falls when i was in the airforce and it was a year too long.
dfctomm 5 days ago
France, Spain, and Italy have reforested considerably over the last 100 years. The truffle is going to be just fine. That's the funny thing about lying, even if you believe it's a white lie, once you get caught nobody wants to believe you. Supporters of climate change are routinely caught lying.
Lindsay Noble
Lindsay Noble 5 days ago
was hoping Wasabi would be on this list
Prjndigo 6 days ago
I'll betcha the Florida blueberry farms could manage to do Huckleberries.
Tomato Friend
Tomato Friend 6 days ago
I live in montana and I can attest to the huckleberry craze. We literally have large huckleberry events
Jeramie T
Jeramie T 6 days ago
667 dislikes? All proudly ignorant Americans I'm sure.
Jeramie T
Jeramie T 6 days ago
Haaaaaaaank! :)
Andy B
Andy B 6 days ago
But can we farm them in our Minecraft mods?
Charles Morigeau
Charles Morigeau 6 days ago
Heard here in Montana. Had to like and subscribe to support.
The Chugs Boson
The Chugs Boson 6 days ago
We can't farm these foods yet because we haven't asked ilmango for a tutorial.
j 101
j 101 6 days ago
Cool topic, great video, but dunno about that high elevation for huckleberries. Seem to be loads of them at well under 500 feet.
Kronaz邪児 6 days ago
If you don't pronounce it "funjus" then saying "funji" is pretty silly, no?
Princess Grouchy
Princess Grouchy 7 days ago
He says funghi, not fun-guy. ...Heresy!
Ralor Penwat
Ralor Penwat 7 days ago
Wouldn't it be possible to grow at least huckleberries in a climate controlled facility? It's not as if we don't have the means to produce massive facilities of such a nature.
lilu globen
lilu globen 7 days ago
Stars and food
lilu globen
lilu globen 7 days ago
lilu globen
lilu globen 7 days ago
WexMajor82 8 days ago
Lab grown food is already happening. It will be solved, there are billions at stakes. Money is a great motivator to problem solving.
culwin 8 days ago
Hank, I'll be your huckleberry.
Dana Coleman
Dana Coleman 8 days ago
Sparkle Pawz
Sparkle Pawz 9 days ago
I remember reading about how bluefin tuna were so abundant a few decades ago people would commonly spot them in boats and even swim with them but once the US became obsessed with japan they were overfished so badly that the areas where they were commonly seen are now devoid of bluefin.
Nate 10 days ago
The first Bluefin Tuna sale in Japan always goes for a ridiculous price, it’s kind of a tradition. The rest are still very expensive, but not nearly as much as that very first sale.
Andy Copland
Andy Copland 10 days ago
Toro is the fatty under belly of the fish. Eat it. It'll change your life.
PennyAfNorberg 10 days ago
Tryffel is growing in sweden
/encode 11 days ago
Capitalism will be the downfall of a human habitable ecosystem. Smdh
smittie1911 11 days ago
@SciShow where are you based out of in Montana? I'm in the northwest corner.
Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill 11 days ago
Ever consider that nature does what it needs to do regardless of our demand? I'd like more unicorn meat, but thems the breaks! Some things (sugar?) should remain difficult to obtain no matter how much we want it.
HeyItsMayo 11 days ago
I was lucky enough to score a ton of huckleberries at hyalite this summer
fft2020 12 days ago
Dj Sickbeatz
Dj Sickbeatz 12 days ago
A huckleberry called me the n word
SurfsideKitty Valentin
nice ice age ref. :3
A bunch of goji berries
waswestkan 13 days ago
Imagine an overzealous huckleberry harvester sitting in a holding cell asked by a burly biker" "what are you in for?" Human kind needsto learn how to curb its appetite and desires.
metamaggot 14 days ago
plot twist..we can farm them but some people want scarcity to make the prices go up
Jeremy W
Jeremy W 14 days ago
Do chocolate truffles also grow under trees?
Jeremy W
Jeremy W 14 days ago
I didn't realize a huckleberry was an actual berry.
David H
David H 15 days ago
Truffle have been FARMED IN TASMANIA for over a decade. Same with tuna and salmon Again incorrect information from this channel.
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