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Sustainable Agriculture

Feeding 11 Billion People

XPRIZE | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green

The reality is that we must improve agriculture if we want to feed the 870 million people who face hunger today, not to mention the 11 billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2100.

How This Chef Is Making Dinner More Sustainable

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.29.2015 | Taste

Many people wouldn't think that a juicy slab of red meat could be replaced by a root vegetable without compromising either flavor or the overall dinin...

Are City Folks the New Caretakers of the Land?

Marianne Krasny | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Marianne Krasny

Recognizing that the majority of us live in cities, is it possible to find a modern day, urban rendition of farmers walking, crops walking, and water walking off the land? One place to look might be in the community gardens of New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Barcelona.

The Price of Development and the Cost of Inaction

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

April 15 is a day when millions of Americans are focused on the question of resources -- where they come from, what's going to be left over for tomorrow and what their children may expect to inherit.

Shhh! Don't Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

David Bank | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
David Bank

Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don't generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm's thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies, reduced risk and above-market, or 'alpha,' returns.

Federal Report: Vegan Diet Best For Planet

The Hill | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green

A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it’s better for the environment, sparking ...

Reduce and Research, the Key to Food Security and Nutrition

Robynne Anderson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Robynne Anderson

Reductions in post-harvest losses will require large public and private investments in infrastructure and should be complemented with agriculture R&D that is focused on long-term productivity growth and food and nutrition security.

The Meatrix: Relaunched

Chris Hunt | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Chris Hunt

GRACE is releasing the 10-year-anniversary version of The Meatrix not as a self-congratulatory retrospective, but as an urgent call to action. While great strides have been made by sustainable food system advocates, factory farms remain a lamentable reality.

Top of the Food Chain: How Women Are Helping Each Other Lead the Food and Farming Sector

Kathleen Frith | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Kathleen Frith

The fact that men, almost without exception, led the environmental movement came somewhat as a surprise to me. I had formed the false assumption that conservation work was one area that naturally offered more equitable women leadership. It still doesn't.

Transforming Deserts Into Farmland

XPRIZE | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green

While the Sahara Forest Project may not achieve results like that for years--if ever--the test site is proving the concept today, and it's worth watching the project to see whether the technologies--and the economics--work out in the long run.

Looking Beyond the Crisis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

In Europe, as in the BRICS and other countries that experienced rapid growth during the expansive phase of the cycle, we are now in the phase when the down side of the curve teems with uncertainties that discourage decisions to invest.

Shaking up the White House Hive

Paul Towers | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Paul Towers

As the White House announces its plan, they will need to reflect on the reality of the plight of bees, beekeepers and farmers alike. This means they can't avoid addressing the role pesticides play.

Saving The Least Protected Habitat On Earth

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

It's possible for people and wildlife to thrive side by side on the plains. The key is to work collaboratively with everyone who has a stake in this precious resource, from ranchers to nomadic herdsmen, from energy companies to government policy-makers.

Africa's Agribusinesses Must Look Beyond the Realms of Microfinancing

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Africa's farming communities are not yet entrepreneurs, but with focused investment and support, they are our biggest untapped asset. My gut feel is that 2015 will be another year of great transformation for the African continent, with our agricultural sector making great headway.

NASA Set to Launch Soil Moisture Tracking Satellite

Brian Milne | Posted 03.15.2015 | Science
Brian Milne

That long-term data recorded on these missions, along with computer analysis tools, should help scientists get a better understanding of how the planet is changing -- and hopefully help come up with solutions that help balance some of the negative effects that have impacted our water resources.

Sustainable Dining In NYC: The Changing Landscape Of Food

OpedSpace | Posted 03.10.2015 | Taste

In a world where modernism and the Green Revolution has alienated us from our relationship to food, the shift towards alternatives gives us an opportunity to endorse more sustainable and humane methods of growing, sourcing, cooking and eating.

Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

OpedSpace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green

The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us.

Theatre Opens the Brain and the Heart to Climate Smart Agriculture

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

We need to find a way to align the various interests if we are to avoid conflicts, create alliances, and take advantage of communities of interest that exist but are largely untapped.

Ag Tech Is Very Important to Our Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Paul Heroux

We are starting to understand how evolving technology in agriculture over the years has enabled the phenomenal growth we've seen recently and that technology will continue to enable the world's future growth.

For ICN2 to Succeed, We Need a New Food System Paradigm

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to overcome decades of mutual isolation.

Farm Beyond Fork Across America: The National Heirloom Expo -- World Fair of Pure Food

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Taste
Julie Ann Fineman

Co-authored with Lee Glenn Just north of Silicon Valley, heartbeat of the technology world, is Santa Rosa, home of the National Heirloom Exposition...

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

Vermont Creamery: Where the Best Goats Make the Best Goat Cheese

Blue Apron | Posted 01.10.2015 | Taste
Blue Apron

We've got the story of how those delectable logs of goat cheese get made.

We Could End Hunger If We Recovered Half Of The 1.3 Billion Tons Of Food Wasted Each Year

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact

Advocates claim a new, innovative website could help salvage some of the alarming amount of global food waste. The Global Community of Practice on ...

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture

Donald Carr | Posted 12.25.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

A huge gulf exists in farmer attitudes toward science. Growers clearly accept the scientific evidence that modified food is safe while rejecting the scientific evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity. And this chasm is driven by simple economics. One finding makes farmers money, but the other doesn't -- yet.