Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

Rebuilding Healthy Soil for a Changing Climate

To celebrate the recent World Food Day (October 16), learn how food production can be transformed from a greenhouse gas emitter to a carbon sink by improving soil biology. Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This year’s message from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for World Food Day is timely … Continue Reading ››

Growing Circular Food Systems in a Growing City

This article on UDC's food system work was originally posted on FuturePerfect.

The University of the District of Columbia is leading the charge in transforming the food system in a city challenged with high levels of poverty, obesity, and population growth.
“Nature will be just fine. The question is whether it’ll be just fine … Continue Reading ››

Four Important Lessons from Cuba’s Urban Food Survival Strategy

Cuba has come a long way since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the loss of imports crucial for the island nation’s industrial agriculture system—such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers—left Cuba with a severe food crisis in the 1990s. Today, Cuba has become a regional leader in sustainable agricultural research. Within its practices and … Continue Reading ››

3 Ways Your Food Choices Could Reverse Desertification

On World Day to Combat Desertification (June 17), explore how agriculture has contributed to desertification, how it can help reverse this trend, and what you can do right now.

Eight decades have passed since “black blizzards”—massive dust storms—blocked sunlight and smothered people, animals, and vegetation in the American Great Plains. Due in large part to … Continue Reading ››

Fixing Water Infrastructure, Creating Jobs: A Win-Win for the Planet

If you had scanned the news on water issues over the past year, the following stories might have jumped out at you:
  • Children in Flint, Michigan, are likely suffering permanent brain damage caused by lead in the city’s water system.
  • Residents of São Paulo in Brazil—the most water-rich country on the planet—have turned on their … Continue Reading ››

Herbs Help Dairy Farms Abandon Antibiotics

Joining forces, dairy farmers in the Netherlands and Uganda are learning from Indian experts about using medicinal herbs to prevent animal diseases and reduce the widespread reliance on antibiotics for livestock. Many of us picture dairy farms with rolling green pastures and lazily grazing cows, but the vast majority of commercial dairy products come from intensive … Continue Reading ››

The Yardfarmers Trailer!

What happens when you take six young Americans and move them back in with their parents to farm their parents’ yards or neighborhood greenspace? Do these young yardfarmers grow sustainable food, new local economic opportunities for their communities, and a heightened level of family togetherness? Or do they do … Continue Reading ››

Carbon Trading: A Hidden Threat to Soil Carbon Sequestration?

If something has a price tag, people consider its perceived monetary value. But what if, by measuring the value of our planet’s natural systems using dollar amounts alone, we are minimizing their true worth? And what if our focus on solving global problems with money is taking all of us, especially poorer countries, down the … Continue Reading ››

France Calls for Action on Soil and Climate: A Promising Game Changer?

We’re often told that agriculture is a “victim” of climate change and needs to adapt. But farmers, ranchers, and researchers increasingly recognize that industrial agriculture is itself a major emitter of greenhouse gases. A promising path for both feeding the world and potentially reversing climate change is "regenerative agriculture,” an approach that captures and stores … Continue Reading ››