Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture farming drought extreme-weather farmers oral-history

Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

Five reasons environmentalists should oppose Britain's agriculture bill

Public money for public goods sounds great, but the reality could look very different.

Elise Wach, Doctoral Researcher (CAWR), Research Advisor (Institute of Development Studies),, Coventry University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: agriculture farming common-agricultural-policy public-goods british-countryside uk-agriculture-bill

Five reasons environmentalists should oppose the agriculture bill

Public money for public goods sounds great, but the reality could look very different.

Elise Wach, Research Advisor, Institute of Development Studies, Coventry University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: agriculture farming common-agricultural-policy public-goods british-countryside uk-agriculture-bill

Fast food is comforting, but in low-income areas it crowds out fresher options

Fast-food restaurants can be comforting places, but when they saturate communities, they crowd out healthy food sources and leave residents less nourished.

Catherine Keske, Associate Professor, Management of Complex Systems, University of California, Merced • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture nutrition food-deserts hunger california food-security fast-food food-banks food-sovereignty third-places

There’s still time to save about half of Earth’s land

"...if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture earth-and-environment land

Coronavirus exposed fragility in our food system – it's time to build something more resilient

We are too reliant on supermarkets and industrial agriculture.

Luke Owen, Assistant Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience, Coventry University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: supermarkets agriculture farming agri-food

Cuba's clean rivers show the benefits of reducing nutrient pollution

Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.

Amanda H. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Geology, Oberlin College and Conservatory • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: agriculture united-states rivers trump-administration cuba nutrient-pollution science-diplomacy agroecology obama-administration

It's time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up

There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.

Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture soil dust-bowl erosion food-systems food-sustainability soil-health soil-degradation postpandemic-future

How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria agriculture plants nitrogen earth-and-environment roots fertilizer

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