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

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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

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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

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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

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Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

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Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.

Alison Van Eenennaam, Researcher, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

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What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Akito Y Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Insects, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Climate change could wreck traditional sheep farming in Wales

Recent summers have offered a taste of things to come for Welsh farmers.

Mariecia Fraser, Reader in Upland Agroecology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

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Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Ponds create 'insect chimneys' which are a boon for hungry farmland birds.

Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

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A global mask shortage may leave farmers and farm workers exposed to toxic pesticides

One way that farms can handle shortages of protective gear for workers is by switching to less-toxic pest control methods.

Melanie Bateman, Lecturer in Integrated Crop Management, University of Neuchâtel • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

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