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How important is it, really, to buy organic at your steady grocer? Deena Shanker’s perspective on this is not a mystery; she wrote a piece titled “Buying Organic Veggies at the Supermarket Is a Waste of Money” for Quartz. She talked to Think host Krys Boyd this afternoon about what consumers should be paying attention to, instead of that certified organic sticker.

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If you like chili peppers, tomatoes or blueberries, you like bumblebees. The larger, hairier cousin of the honey bee is a social insect, and  especially good at pollinating the tasty crops mentioned above. What’s concerning is that bumblebees are on the decline, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated the American bumblebee as a “species of greatest conservation need.”


The Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado just wrapped up its opening week devoted to health issues. What were some the top takeaways? Here’s three: robotics, aging and making vegetables sexy.

Just as we have internal clocks that help regulate the systems in our bodies, fruit and vegetable plants have circadian rhythms, too.

And a new study published in Current Biology finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested.

So, how does it work?