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NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize

By David Pitt Photo: Ted Shaffrey , AP

Cynthia Rosenzweig, an agronomist and climatologist, was awarded the $250,000 prize in recognition of her innovative modeling of the impact of climate change on food production. She is a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and serves as adjunct senior research scientist at the Columbia Climate School at Columbia University, both based in New York.

05/05/22
                                                               

Devouring the rainforest

By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News

Cattle ranching, responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, is pushing the forest to the edge of what scientists warn could be a vast and irreversible dieback that claims much of the biome. Despite agreement that change is necessary to avert disaster, despite attempts at reform, despite the resources of Brazil’s federal government and powerful beef companies, the destruction continues.

04/29/22
                                                               

Five charts that show why our food is not ready for the climate crisis

By Nina Lakhani, Alvin Chang, Rita Liu and Andrew Witherspoon Photo: The Guardian

The industrialization of agriculture in the last century boosted production around the world – but that success also made our food systems much more vulnerable to the growing climate crisis.

04/22/22
                                                               

Ecokitchen

By Priyanka Naik

Become a climate-conscious cook with Priyanka Naik’s actionable tips on how to make your daily life in the kitchen greener, from saving energy to minimizing food waste, in this 8-week newsletter guide. You’ll receive your first edition on Thursday.
Become a climate-conscious cook with Priyanka Naik’s actionable tips on how to make your daily life in the kitchen greener, from saving energy to minimizing food waste, in this 8-week newsletter guide. You’ll receive your first edition on Thursday.

04/02/22
                                                               

Our Best Food System Solutions Stories of 2021

By The Civil Eats Editors Photo: Alexandre Family Farm

From the climate crisis to systemic racism to the never-ending pandemic, challenges abound, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But across the food system, people and communities are thinking creatively and acting boldly to address the big issues—and seeing promising results.

12/30/21
                                                               

Taking Stock And Looking Forward: Climate and Animal Agriculture

By The Civil Eats Editors

As 2021 comes to an end, we take stock of another momentous year that marked massive upheavals in the food system and across society. To lead us into 2022, we asked some of the leading thinkers and doers working on the frontlines of food, justice, and climate to share their thoughts with us about the most pressing issues, what they’ll be working toward in the new year, and what propels them to keep going.

12/28/21
                                                               

How climate change and extreme weather are crimping America’s pie supply

By Laura Reiley Photo: Zack Wittman

For months, supply chain issues and labor shortages have been putting the squeeze on Mike’s Pies, a popular commercial bakery here that’s been selling pies based off owner Mike Martin’s mother’s recipes for three decades. But another powerful factor — climate change — is heightening those challenges. Its impact is less visible but more enduring, and its consequences are playing out right as the food industry is struggling to avoid holiday season shortages.

11/17/21
                                                               

Could Climate Change Make Food Less Nutritious?

By Greta Moran

As the climate crisis progresses, the planet is becoming less inhabitable—not only for humans and other animals, but also for plants.

11/16/21
                                                               

Foraging On Oregon’s Central Coast

By Tony Kastelnik Photo: Justin Myers

In 1959 author Jean Craighead George released the adventure novel My Side of the Mountain. The book tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who runs away from home and lives off the land in the Catskill Mountains. His home is a hollowed-out tree. He makes acorn powder pancakes and befriends forest animals.

11/12/21
                                                               

A recipe for fighting climate change and feeding the world

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Chase Castor

“It’s so different from anything I’ve baked with,” says my baking partner, Jenny Starrs. We’re standing in the tiny kitchen of my D.C. apartment, examining palmfuls of a dark, coarse, rich-scented flour. It’s unfamiliar because it was milled from Kernza, a grain that is fundamentally unlike all other wheat humans grow.

10/12/21