By Judith Renner
In 2009, the most recent year for which global data are available from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 311 million hectares in the world was equipped for irrigation but only 84 percent of that area was actually being irrigated, according to new research conducted for our Vital … Continue Reading ››
We have a whole new crop of interns with the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Alyssa Casey.
Alyssa is currently a graduate student at George Washington University studying Philosophy and Social Policy. She plans to focus on agriculture and health … Continue Reading ››
This article was originally published in Outreach Magazine. The original can be found here.
The latest UN climate negotiations are underway in Doha, Qatar but the talks need a stronger focus on energy's role in climate change. (Source: UNFCCC)
More than half of all … Continue Reading ››
Drought Image courtesy of IRRI Images via flickr
Following “Superstorm Sandy”, it has once more become acceptable in the United States to talk about climate change and its repercussions. And a re-elected President Obama now feels less constrained to engage the topic. It remains to be seen, however, … Continue Reading ››
Ever since the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks, downplaying expectations ahead of a UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) has become somewhat of a ritual in the media and even among experts – as if everyone had sworn off being optimistic about international climate action altogether. COP 18, which starts today and will last … Continue Reading ››
Nourishing the Planet wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!
Check out this op-ed published in Arizona’s Sierra Vista Herald by Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg and research intern Hong Gao. The article discusses the importance of supporting traditional Indigenous food production and culture, … Continue Reading ››
By Carol Dreibelbis
Most food in the United States comes from industrialized, intensive farms. Meat and dairy are no exception: nationwide, 40 percent of all U.S. food animals are raised in the largest 2 percent of livestock facilities. And these large-scale facilities, commonly referred to as factory farms, continue to grow. Between 1997 and … Continue Reading ››
During the 1980s, Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendes was a prominent activist for the preservation of the Amazon region. He urged his government to set up reserves for rubber tappers and was instrumental in creating various organizations and unions for his peers. In 1988, Mendes was murdered by a rancher intent on logging the … Continue Reading ››