Four reasons why restoring nature is the most important endeavour of our time

We must turn pledges into immediate action and restore our ecosystems on a global level.

Jake M. Robinson, Ecologist and PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: biodiversity united-nations interdisciplinarity climate-crisis farming ecosystems future-of-food

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit?

AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming – for worse as well as for better.

Charlotte-Anne Chivers, Research Assistant, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence agriculture robots farming

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires

Fires that burn the forest burn crops and pastures alike. But farmers in the eastern Amazon are left with few good options.

Rachael Garrett, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture brazil farming amazon-fires wildfires forest-fires fire-risk

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

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