The development of artificial selection in farming
Farming will always be at the mercy of the weather, but with access to more and more technology, farmers are developing ways of controlling the environment to produce better quality food, all year round. The innovation doesn’t stop there. Stefan Gates reveals the ways in which plant breeders can speed up natural selection, selecting for the characteristics that make our food crops better to eat, or easier to farm and manage. He reveals that actually this process has been an integral part of farming since agriculture began thousands of years ago.