Why Can't We Farm These Foods Yet?

  • Published on Sep 16, 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  Month ago +126

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    • Churchill
      Churchill 19 days ago

      Bible-thumpers... LOL.

    • TheRandom Trio
      TheRandom Trio 29 days 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
      Sakarias Karlsson Month ago

      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. ;) ;)

  • trojanwood
    trojanwood Hour ago

    Preserve until the wild plants can sustain demand.

  • Dustin Frank
    Dustin Frank Hour ago

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

  • J G
    J G 2 hours ago

    Hey help me with my chem homework

  • Ian Bergen
    Ian Bergen 13 hours 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 15 hours ago


  • lil' Weeb
    lil' Weeb 23 hours ago

    It's FUNGI not FUNJAI

    • Keallei
      Keallei 7 hours ago

      lil' Weeb hehe I get what you mean.

    • lil' Weeb
      lil' Weeb 21 hour ago +1

      @Keallei it just sounds so wrong...

    • Keallei
      Keallei 21 hour ago

      lil' Weeb both are acceptable.

  • Liubeiwushijiu
    Liubeiwushijiu Day ago +1

    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 Day ago +1

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

    • Keallei
      Keallei 21 hour ago

      Buck Dog buckleberry!

  • Eduardo Muntaner Garcia

    Stop. Saying. "Funji".

  • ooo top
    ooo top Day ago +1

    U forgot kesar. But still nice video

    • Keallei
      Keallei 21 hour ago +1

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

  • Michael Murphy
    Michael Murphy Day 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
    Syrkyth 2 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 2 days ago


  • david2869
    david2869 2 days ago

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

  • Roman Cernega
    Roman Cernega 2 days ago

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

  • c00k13 m0N5tA
    c00k13 m0N5tA 2 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 3 days ago

    Does that make everyone a foodie, everyone eats food

  • La haba
    La haba 3 days ago +1

    Make a safe, healthy sustainable berry, please.

  • Joshua Smith
    Joshua Smith 3 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
    dfctomm 3 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 3 days ago

    was hoping Wasabi would be on this list

  • Prjndigo
    Prjndigo 3 days ago

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

  • Tomato Friend
    Tomato Friend 4 days ago

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

  • Jeramie T
    Jeramie T 4 days ago

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

  • Jeramie T
    Jeramie T 4 days ago

    Haaaaaaaank! :)

  • Andy B
    Andy B 4 days ago

    But can we farm them in our Minecraft mods?

  • Charles Morigeau
    Charles Morigeau 4 days ago

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

  • The Chugs Boson
    The Chugs Boson 4 days ago

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

  • j 101
    j 101 4 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
    Kronaz邪児 4 days ago

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

  • Princess Grouchy
    Princess Grouchy 4 days ago

    He says funghi, not fun-guy.

  • Ralor Penwat
    Ralor Penwat 5 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 5 days ago +1

    Stars and food

    • lilu globen
      lilu globen 5 days ago +1


    • lilu globen
      lilu globen 5 days ago +1


  • WexMajor82
    WexMajor82 5 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
    culwin 6 days ago

    Hank, I'll be your huckleberry.

  • Dana Coleman
    Dana Coleman 6 days ago


  • Sparkle Pawz
    Sparkle Pawz 7 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
    Nate 7 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 8 days ago

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

  • PennyAfNorberg
    PennyAfNorberg 8 days ago

    Tryffel is growing in sweden

  • /encode
    /encode 8 days ago

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

  • smittie1911
    smittie1911 8 days ago

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

  • Jeff Hill
    Jeff Hill 9 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
    HeyItsMayo 9 days ago

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

  • fft2020
    fft2020 10 days ago


  • Dj Sickbeatz
    Dj Sickbeatz 10 days ago

    A huckleberry called me the n word

  • SurfsideKitty Valentin

    nice ice age ref. :3

  • A bunch of goji berries


  • waswestkan
    waswestkan 11 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
    metamaggot 11 days ago

    plot twist..we can farm them but some people want scarcity to make the prices go up

  • Jeremy W
    Jeremy W 11 days ago

    Do chocolate truffles also grow under trees?

  • Jeremy W
    Jeremy W 11 days ago

    I didn't realize a huckleberry was an actual berry.

  • David H
    David H 12 days ago

    Truffle have been FARMED IN TASMANIA for over a decade. Same with tuna and salmon Again incorrect information from this channel.

  • Adam Brooks
    Adam Brooks 13 days ago +1

    Screw truffles

  • Stooshbag
    Stooshbag 13 days ago

    Disliked because you said funji

  • Cade Smith
    Cade Smith 13 days ago

    The way you said fungi made me sneeze

  • Jim Brewer
    Jim Brewer 14 days ago

    We huckleberry hunt in the mountains here in Idaho, I go every year at various times in late summer and into early fall, I have the best luck at or above 2500 to 5500 feet and being a US Forest Service employee I'm able to get to places that most people can't, mainly due to the fact that I cruise timber all summer long and can get to places where there are no roads and I have keys to closed and gated roads. For us, huckleberry picking can be a reasonably profitable pass time while you're in the woods anyway and have containers at hand. This season huckleberries were worth $22.00 a gallon.
    Working in the forest year in and year out and, as I said before I have keys to closed and gated roads, you'll get to know the patterns of deer and elk migrations through out the year, consequently those of us who do hunt can fill our freezers with elk and venison every year.
    I know that it seems like I got off topic but the game will be where the berries are, where you find berries you'll find the game.

  • Zane Friday
    Zane Friday 14 days ago +3

    Hank green, you smart stack of cobblestone.

  • voidremoved
    voidremoved 14 days ago

    humans are stupid. well, not the "native" but everyone else is stupid. farming tuna? get out of the ghetto, stop being a slave to old ideas like money... the entire world is 1 farm. our farm. until we stop letting people divide it up, make claims, and then set up their little get-rich operations, to pay tax, to hire big government, to drug you and enslave you...
    o.k.? stop making garbage, stop being selfish and entitled. clean out the ocean of your garbage... and then you have all the tuna you want. or else. God will end you all... permanently this time.