Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

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 ››

5 Big Ideas to Save Our Global Food System

The key bases of our agricultural systems—the world’s land, water, and climate—ensure that farmers can feed the world. But these resources are being depleted, even as global demand for agricultural products is expected to mushroom in the coming decades. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that demand will be 60 percent … Continue Reading ››

5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

It’s not easy to keep track of the complex ways in which our everyday choices have an impact on a global scale. But as the world’s population surpasses 7 billion, each of our actions—positive or negative—gets multiplied. Read on to learn about five global trends from our latest publication, Vital Signs: The Trends That Are … Continue Reading ››

Futureproofing America with a Yardfarming Revolution

Erik Assadourian, co-director of State of the World 2013 and creator of the reality TV show Yardfarmers sat down with Cullen Pope, editor of EATT Magazine, a few weeks back for an interview. We wanted to repost the interview here as Erik offers some insights into his strategy to get us to a more … Continue Reading ››