Engineering the Future with Drought-Tolerant Crops

The most significant constraint on agricultural production worldwide is the environment, accounting for roughly 70% of crop losses worldwide. By far the biggest environmental factor is water scarcity, which can represent a formidable challenge to farmers. Agriculture...

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The Beautiful Truth About Ugly Food

About one third of all food produced worldwide is wasted. That’s a staggering amount. And it’s unacceptable if we hope to meet the goal of feeding a global population of ten billion by 2050. In the developing world, most food loss happens in transportation and...

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Is Cannabis the Next Big Cash Crop?

Conversation about cannabis tends to focus on marijuana and the contested legality of this controlled substance. But cannabis is much more than its most notorious variety. In fact, it just might be the next big cash crop. And because it can be grown sustainably,...

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Increasing Food Production: A Case Study from Ethiopia

It was hard to avoid Ethiopia in the mid-1980s. Political instability plagued the nation. A devastating famine left the East African nation dry and desolate. Hunger stalked the land when crops failed. Deprived of food and subsistence, Ethiopia descended into chaos....

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Brazil Is the Winner of the US-China Trade War

Aside from nifty new technologies and environmental issues, one story has dominated ag news over the past two years: trade wars pitting the United States against its most important global competitor, China. Determined to force China to adopt fairer commercial policies...

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How Can We Save Pollinators? Experts Disagree.

It’s hard to say for sure when the bees started disappearing. But around 2006, reports of massive declines in these pollinators began circulating. The familiar drone of springtime buzzing went silent in many places. Beekeepers discovered hives with queens and ample...

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Do Ag-Gag Laws Violate the First Amendment?

It’s a classic test for the limits of free speech and the rights of corporations to protect their privacy. For some time, animal rights advocates in organizations like PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) have frequently relied on covert tactics to popularize...

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Much Ado About Kernza

Have we been doing agriculture all wrong? It’s an important question to ask these days, as questions about the sustainability of traditional farming bulk large. We need to double food productivity and streamline distribution networks if we’re to meet the growing needs...

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How Sustainable is SUSTAIN?

It was a corporate initiative supporters claimed could mainstream sustainable agriculture. Now critics are wondering how much impact it’s really having. When Land O’ Lakes, the dairy giant, announced SUSTAIN, an ambitious program designed to reduce nitrogen-based...

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