Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space food nasa plants nutrition light farming antioxidants radiation micronutrients

Climate crisis causing families to shun farmers for arranged marriages

Climate shocks and changing weather mean that farmers' incomes are

Luiza C Campos, Associate Professor in Engineering, UCL • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: india interdisciplinarity climate-crisis farming marriage

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

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

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

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly

We need to challenge the simplistic assumptions that AI will automatically improve the world.

Victor Galaz, Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence environment agriculture automation farming

Climate change: how Senegal's colonial history made it more vulnerable

We need to understand colonial histories to understand climate risks.

Nick Bernards, Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  history  agriculture  farming  colonialism  rainfall  peanuts  senegal

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