If bread is the staff of life, water is the ground we walk on. None of us can survive without water. Without water, the grain needed to make bread or any other food item would never even get harvested.
When people shop at the local market and bring home different varieties of apples and peaches and tomatoes, they don't spend too much time thinking about the sex that lay behind those fruits or the development of the different varieties.
Everyone knows smoking is a costly habit, taking a toll on your health and your wallet. What you probably didn't know is that the tobacco industry extracts a much dearer price from children laboring in the remote fields of Central Asia.
Let this essay serve as a call for a networked food system that harnesses and applies robust information through data generation, database architecture, open research and collaboration, in pursuit of more efficient and more productive food and farming.
The Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) lives up to its name by linking farmers, businesses, academia, researchers, donors, and national and regional governments.
I just stepped away from a press conference in the Cabinet Room of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland where he, Ohio Farm Bureau official Jack Fisher and I announced a historic agreement on animal welfare in the state.