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Complex Models Now Gauge the Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Production. The Results Are ‘Alarming’

By Georgina Gustin Photo: Rijasolo , Getty Images

Inside dozens of bankers boxes, stacked high in a storage locker in New York City, Cynthia Rosenzweig has stashed the work of decades: Legal pads covered in blue-inked cursive with doodles in the margins, file folders marked “potato,” graph paper with notations of rainfall in Nebraska and Kansas.


Could climate change make food less nutritious?

By Greta Moran

New research looks at the way climate change will impact crop yields and foods rich in micronutrients like zinc, vitamin A, and iron, putting low- and middle-income countries at increased risk of malnutrition.


Climate change fuels drive toward cleaner tractors

By Marc Heller Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Making tractors burn with less pollution has long posed a trade-off: cleaner air, but less power to drag heavy equipment. Now manufacturers say they’re making strides to help close the gap. The latest entrant is a biomethane- and electric-powered tractor from the AUGA Group, a Lithuanian organic food company that represents European farm machinery manufacturers. The combination of biomethane and electricity allows to the tractor to run as long as 12 hours, the company said when it announced the development in late September.


Methane from Agriculture is a Big Problem. We Explain Why.

By Lisa Held

A version of this article originally appeared in The Deep Dish, a members-only monthly newsletter from Civil Eats. To read the full issue, with exclusive reporting,…


Growing Uncertainty in the Central Valley

By Anna Wiener

One weekend in late June, I drove with friends to Yolo County, California, a rural area in the Sacramento Valley. It was the second day of a multiday heat wave, and temperatures approached the triple digits. The road shimmered. In the passenger seat, a friend, seven months pregnant, wondered aloud whether it was safe for her to be outside.


When Hard Jobs Turn Hazardous

By Sergio Olmos Photo: Jordan Gale

In early summer, a day laborer laying irrigation lines at a plant nursery just south of Portland, Ore., collapsed to the ground and died. His official cause of death was declared “heat related.”


First-of-its-kind study shows that diverse landscapes could boost US crop yields by 20%

By Emma Bryce

Increasing land cover diversity in agricultural landscapes is about more than protecting nature: it could also increase crop yields across large areas of the United States by up to 20%, according to a recent Nature Food study.  Studies at the farm-level have previously shown that incorporating diverse land cover—features like hedgerows and flower borders—onto the land can help to boost agricultural productivity.


Indigenous rancher is a 125th-generation land steward

By YCC team Photo: Morlan Marley Boecker

As farmers grapple with climate change, many are turning to regenerative agriculture practices. These techniques help store carbon in the soil and make the land more resilient to extreme weather. The approach is increasingly popular, but not new.


Biden wants to pay farmers to grow carbon-capturing crops. It’s complicated

By Helena Bottemiller Evich And Ryan Mccrimmon

President Joe Biden’s goal of paying farmers and ranchers to help battle climate change is running into the reality of how complicated and costly it will be. Six months into the administration, officials have yet to unveil their plan. That’s in part because it’s logistically complex and difficult to make the economics work: While corporations are eager to buy credits that pay farmers to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and into their soil, the credits aren’t yet lucrative enough to entice enough farmers to rethink how they grow crops to maximize capturing carbon.


The USDA Wants to Make Farms Climate-Friendly. Will It Work?

By Leah Douglas Photo: Seth Perlman , AP

What if all it took to make a dent in agriculture’s contribution to climate change was to pay farmers not to farm?