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  28 days ago +123

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    • Churchill
      Churchill 15 days ago

      Bible-thumpers... LOL.

    • TheRandom Trio
      TheRandom Trio 24 days ago

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

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 26 days 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 26 days 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. ;) ;)

  • Princess Grouchy
    Princess Grouchy 7 hours ago

    He says funghi, not fun-guy.

  • Ralor Penwat
    Ralor Penwat 14 hours 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 20 hours ago +1

    Stars and food

    • lilu globen
      lilu globen 20 hours ago +1


    • lilu globen
      lilu globen 20 hours ago +1


  • WexMajor82
    WexMajor82 Day 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 Day ago

    Hank, I'll be your huckleberry.

  • Dana Coleman
    Dana Coleman Day ago


  • Sparkle Pawz
    Sparkle Pawz 2 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 3 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 3 days ago

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

  • PennyAfNorberg
    PennyAfNorberg 3 days ago

    Tryffel is growing in sweden

  • /encode
    /encode 3 days ago

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

  • smittie1911
    smittie1911 4 days ago

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

  • Jeff Hill
    Jeff Hill 4 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 4 days ago

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

  • fft2020
    fft2020 5 days ago


  • Dj Sickbeatz
    Dj Sickbeatz 5 days ago

    A huckleberry called me the n word

  • SurfsideKitty Valentin

    nice ice age ref. :3

  • A bunch of goji berries


  • waswestkan
    waswestkan 6 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 6 days ago

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

  • Jeremy W
    Jeremy W 7 days ago

    Do chocolate truffles also grow under trees?

  • Jeremy W
    Jeremy W 7 days ago

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

  • David H
    David H 8 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 8 days ago +1

    Screw truffles

  • Stooshbag
    Stooshbag 8 days ago

    Disliked because you said funji

  • Cade Smith
    Cade Smith 9 days ago

    The way you said fungi made me sneeze

  • Jim Brewer
    Jim Brewer 9 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 9 days ago +3

    Hank green, you smart stack of cobblestone.

  • voidremoved
    voidremoved 9 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.

  • doublestrokeroll
    doublestrokeroll 9 days ago

    Or you can educate yourself about stuff like this and then choose not to eat things that have these issues.

  • Cruelty Free Ellie
    Cruelty Free Ellie 10 days ago

    When has anyone pronounced fungi funji???

    • Jeremy W
      Jeremy W 7 days ago

      There are several acceptable pronunciations of fungi including that.

  • ragjr992
    ragjr992 10 days ago

    for the truffles couldnt you combine crops such as a apple orchard and truffles?

  • JayZelig
    JayZelig 10 days ago

    It’s fun guy not fun jiy

  • Tony Solar
    Tony Solar 11 days ago


  • Normandie Bryant
    Normandie Bryant 11 days ago

    That's funny, there has been an Australian company or two who have developed aquaculture-bred Southern Bluefin Tuna some years ago and the percentage of bluefin is increasing, although not as much as "ranched" blue-fin, where smaller fish are netted then put in feed-lots.

  • Destiny9776
    Destiny9776 11 days ago +1

    I paid $50 for a gallon of huckleberries this year. So yummy and expensive

  • Postghost
    Postghost 11 days ago

    The real question here is, if you splice the dna of the huckleberry with the blue-fin tuna... do you then get a huckleberry-fin tuna? 🤔🤔🤔

  • animanya
    animanya 11 days ago


  • Joseph Libunao
    Joseph Libunao 12 days ago

    To stop these over-consumed animals/plants from going instinct, we're trying to produce them in farms instead of just stopping our consumption

  • Matthew Lamson
    Matthew Lamson 12 days ago

    I didn’t even know a Huckleberry was actually a thing, I feel stupid now

    • Tanuki Man
      Tanuki Man 10 days ago

      Just because you haven’t learned it yet doesn’t make you stupid. There are a lot of things we learn over time and some things we learn later than others. Keep learnin’ Matt!

  • Silver Bronze
    Silver Bronze 12 days ago +7

    I bet someone’s grandma or some person out there is growing some of these foods without any problems and we just don’t know about it.

  • Zes
    Zes 12 days ago

    wrg, happyx nmw

  • lexzbuddy
    lexzbuddy 12 days ago

    I hate tuna so, they are safe from me.
    Truffles are over rated and to be honest, I tried them once without knowing it at an anniversary dinner I went to. I left most of the dish and it was only after I found out.
    Huckleberries are fantastic though.
    I tried caviar in the early 90s. It was a one time deal as I thought it tasted vile. I know it wasn't on the list but worth a mention.

  • djrakman
    djrakman 13 days ago

    truffles are an infection of oak and they have been farmed for 2 decades, quick google will show this. get your content right please

  • Hatsune miku 01
    Hatsune miku 01 14 days ago

    Fungus with a g not a j my guy

  • TheTorontoTickler
    TheTorontoTickler 14 days ago

    Makes me think of Agri-worlds in Warhammer 40k. Some planets being entirely built around producing specific foods.

  • Kalvin Labuik
    Kalvin Labuik 14 days ago

    Keith you guys have Huckleberries in Mt. ? really where about in Mt. shoot I live just across the line in Southern Sask. Canada lol I know when my Grandma was a little girl she was bit by a mean ol'e nasty cotton mouth in around Lancaster PA. yeah my mom's folk & kin are Americans I was born in Communist Canada lol

  • Robert Kelly
    Robert Kelly 14 days ago

    I’m a fun guy, you should farm me. I love to reproduce!

  • The real Cpt Clueless
    The real Cpt Clueless 14 days ago +18

    Q: Why does John pronounce the G in “Fungus” and “Fungi” differently?

    • culwin
      culwin Day ago

      I dunno, why do you pronounce Hank like John

    • Robin V
      Robin V 9 days ago

      I was going to comment the exact same thing. Every time he mispronounces 'fungi' as 'fun-Ji' it is extremely jarring. I can get when some folks pronounce the 'I' at the end as either a 'ai' or 'ee' (the latter sounds weird but not too wrong), pronouncing the 'G' as a 'J' sound is just so deeply wrong. I can't tell if it's just a weird accent that I'm yet to hear anyone else have or if it's just some weird quirk the guy has.

    • Slappy
      Slappy 13 days ago +3

      English speakers insist on mispronouncing most Greek and Latin words.

  • premier69
    premier69 15 days ago

    nice mixing in ounce there

  • Jarod Mcintosh
    Jarod Mcintosh 15 days ago


  • K. Stosphia
    K. Stosphia 15 days ago

    Why can't humans ever just let nature work the way nature works?? Why do we have to be selfish and greedy? "Oh this fungus is really hard to grow, these berries, these fish (I'm sure these were just a couple examples out of many, many, many)--let's make them elite foods that only the rich afford to eat!"
    How about, you don't live where that food grows? Huh, too bad. You better visit or move. Yes, I know that eliminates a lot of food choices--like I couldn't eat sushi since I don't live near the coast. It eliminates prickly pear, which I haven't had since I lived in the desert. That's life yo.

  • Michael Block
    Michael Block 16 days ago

    Not a fan of the hyper editing.

  • f1zzle
    f1zzle 16 days ago +1

    I don't care that it's pronounced *funji* I'm gonna say *fun guy* until the day I die

  • Douglas McFarland
    Douglas McFarland 16 days ago

    The auction price of the tuna on opening day doesn't reflect the market price of tuna in Japan at all. The often written about auction price of a bluefin tuna on opening day at Tuskiji market is a ceremonial price. All the buyer gets is bragging rights. They sell the tuna for normal prices at a steep loss. A still surprising yet more realistic price to pay for a 300lb bluefin tuna would be $12,000-$18,000.
    There are plenty of good sustainable fish to eat besides bluefin tuna. At least currently.

  • Buchanan Winchester
    Buchanan Winchester 17 days ago +7

    "I'm your huckleberry"

  • Topeka Bodega
    Topeka Bodega 17 days ago

    Truffles = a way to encourage wealthy people to care about deforestation

  • Cecilia Fenner
    Cecilia Fenner 18 days ago

    You forgot to mention that bears love and need huckleberries. When you are picking huckleberries "never" do it alone, someone "always" needs to be watching for both grizzlies and black bears!!! Oh and by the way, where are you from in Montana? I live in Great Falls, Mt. Montana is also a great place to go morel mushroom picking. They grow best where there was a forest fire the previous year. Well anyway, I enjoy your informative videos--you do a really great job!!!!!

  • Joshua Mack
    Joshua Mack 18 days ago

    Or you could. Deal with it. With regulations. Keeping rare stuff rare and valuable and fish hunt cut only a sustainable amount. Also feed those pigs and deers and then shoot them cause that's better than growing pigs n cows in small enclosures.