Why Can't We Farm These Foods Yet?

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  • Published: 17 September 2019
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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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  • SciShow
    SciShow   1 months back

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    • Churchill
      Churchill  3 weeks back

      Bible-thumpers... LOL.

    • TheRandom Trio
      TheRandom Trio  4 weeks back

      I don't think people understand the title based on the other comments just saying

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42  1 months back

      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
      Sakarias Karlsson  1 months back

      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. ;) ;)

  • Mr Smiff
    Mr Smiff  4 hours back

    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
      trojanwood  7 hours back

      Preserve until the wild plants can sustain demand.

      • Dustin Frank
        Dustin Frank  8 hours back

        I imagine huckleberries with join the hydroponic family in a short time

        • J G
          J G  9 hours back

          Hey help me with my chem homework

          • Ian Bergen
            Ian Bergen  19 hours back

            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  22 hours back

              Bet.

              • lil' Weeb
                lil' Weeb  1 days back

                It's FUNGI not FUNJAI

                • Keallei
                  Keallei  14 hours back

                  lil' Weeb hehe I get what you mean.

                • lil' Weeb
                  lil' Weeb  1 days back

                  @Keallei it just sounds so wrong...

                • Keallei
                  Keallei  1 days back

                  lil' Weeb both are acceptable.

              • Liubeiwushijiu
                Liubeiwushijiu  1 days back

                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  1 days back

                  Blueberry/huckleberry hybrids should be called Buckleberry, or Bluckleberry? Which one’s better?

                  • Keallei
                    Keallei  1 days back

                    Buck Dog buckleberry!

                • Eduardo Muntaner Garcia

                  Stop. Saying. "Funji".

                  • ooo top
                    ooo top  2 days back

                    U forgot kesar. But still nice video

                    • Keallei
                      Keallei  1 days back

                      ooo top probably lots left off the list. Maybe there could be a sequel.

                  • Michael Murphy
                    Michael Murphy  2 days back

                    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
                      Syrkyth  2 days back

                      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  2 days back

                        "Funj'aye"...

                        • david2869
                          david2869  3 days back

                          Maybe Mom was bidding for the tuna at the same time?

                          • Roman Cernega
                            Roman Cernega  3 days back

                            The best solution would be to kill all humans it will work 100%

                            • c00k13 m0N5tA
                              c00k13 m0N5tA  3 days back

                              Funny you should mention it... Just finished eating my Blue fin tuna sushi with truffle gratings and huckleberry sauce.

                              • George Wilson
                                George Wilson  3 days back

                                Does that make everyone a foodie, everyone eats food

                                • La haba
                                  La haba  3 days back

                                  Make a safe, healthy sustainable berry, please.

                                  • Joshua Smith
                                    Joshua Smith  4 days back

                                    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
                                      dfctomm  4 days back

                                      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  4 days back

                                        was hoping Wasabi would be on this list

                                        • Prjndigo
                                          Prjndigo  4 days back

                                          I'll betcha the Florida blueberry farms could manage to do Huckleberries.

                                          • Tomato Friend
                                            Tomato Friend  4 days back

                                            I live in montana and I can attest to the huckleberry craze. We literally have large huckleberry events

                                            • Jeramie T
                                              Jeramie T  4 days back

                                              667 dislikes? All proudly ignorant Americans I'm sure.

                                              • Jeramie T
                                                Jeramie T  4 days back

                                                Haaaaaaaank! :)

                                                • Andy B
                                                  Andy B  4 days back

                                                  But can we farm them in our Minecraft mods?

                                                  • Charles Morigeau
                                                    Charles Morigeau  5 days back

                                                    Heard here in Montana. Had to like and subscribe to support.

                                                    • The Chugs Boson
                                                      The Chugs Boson  5 days back

                                                      We can't farm these foods yet because we haven't asked ilmango for a tutorial.

                                                      • j 101
                                                        j 101  5 days back

                                                        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
                                                          Kronaz邪児  5 days back

                                                          If you don't pronounce it "funjus" then saying "funji" is pretty silly, no?

                                                          • Princess Grouchy
                                                            Princess Grouchy  5 days back

                                                            He says funghi, not fun-guy.
                                                            ...Heresy!

                                                            • Ralor Penwat
                                                              Ralor Penwat  6 days back

                                                              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  6 days back

                                                                Stars and food

                                                                • lilu globen
                                                                  lilu globen  6 days back

                                                                  🕳

                                                                • lilu globen
                                                                  lilu globen  6 days back

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                                                              • WexMajor82
                                                                WexMajor82  6 days back

                                                                Lab grown food is already happening.
                                                                It will be solved, there are billions at stakes.
                                                                Money is a great motivator to problem solving.

                                                                • culwin
                                                                  culwin  6 days back

                                                                  Hank, I'll be your huckleberry.

                                                                  • Dana Coleman
                                                                    Dana Coleman  6 days back

                                                                    Hank=awesome

                                                                    • Sparkle Pawz
                                                                      Sparkle Pawz  1 weeks back

                                                                      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
                                                                        Nate  1 weeks back

                                                                        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  1 weeks back

                                                                          Toro is the fatty under belly of the fish. Eat it. It'll change your life.

                                                                          • PennyAfNorberg
                                                                            PennyAfNorberg  1 weeks back

                                                                            Tryffel is growing in sweden

                                                                            • /encode
                                                                              /encode  1 weeks back

                                                                              Capitalism will be the downfall of a human habitable ecosystem. Smdh

                                                                              • smittie1911
                                                                                smittie1911  1 weeks back

                                                                                @SciShow where are you based out of in Montana? I'm in the northwest corner.

                                                                                • Jeff Hill
                                                                                  Jeff Hill  1 weeks back

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    HeyItsMayo  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I was lucky enough to score a ton of huckleberries at hyalite this summer

                                                                                    • fft2020
                                                                                      fft2020  1 weeks back

                                                                                      I'LL KEEP DOWNVOTING UNTIL YOU NORMALIZE VOLUME LEVEL WITH OTHER VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

                                                                                      • Dj Sickbeatz
                                                                                        Dj Sickbeatz  2 weeks back

                                                                                        A huckleberry called me the n word