An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

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

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

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

New Jersey's small, networked dairy farms are a model for a more resilient food system

Small-scale dairy farmers are struggling across the US – but in New Jersey they've developed a model that keeps their products and their customers local.

Simon Levin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture supply-chains milk local-food-systems food-systems new-jersey dairy-farms cooperatives

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