“In recent decades, an increasing number of geneticists and plant breeders have realized that crops’ wild relatives hold immense value because they have not been domesticated.” In order to feed billions of people, we need a lot of rice. So scientists are on a constant quest to find strains that will be able to survive climate change. To do that, they search for rice that has learned to survive on its own. Very interesting stuff from California Sunday Magazine’s Lisa M. Hamilton: Uncharted.

+ The Verge: Here’s why farm kids have fewer allergies and less asthma.