FOOD & AGRICULTURE

FOOD & AGRICULTURE


We have a rapidly growing population. In the last 200 years, we have gone globally from 1 billion to 7.7 billion people. We continue to expect an annual growth of 82 million people, anticipating 8.5 billion people by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050. That is a lot of impact on the planet and its resources and a lot of mouths to feed.

Some facts to consider:

This FOOD AND AGRICULTURE section is organized so that you can digest information in small bites. There is a lot to learn and a lot of decisions and choices to be made. In FOOD there is help for individuals, restaurants, and organizations to better understand the changing landscape so that they can make decisions that help with climate change.

In AGRICULTURE the focus is on the greater issues, such as the effects of deforestation and industrial farming, as well as some of the nuances which affect the decisions of those who provide food for us: the farmers, ranchers and fishermen.

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Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nation

06/13/22
→ The global production of primary crops increased by 52 percent between 2000 and 2020, to 9.3 billion tonnes in 2020. ...

Ag and Food Sectors and the Economy

12/27/21
The U.S. agriculture sector extends beyond the farm business to include a range of farm-related industries. The largest of these are food service and food manufacturing. Americans' expenditures on food amount to 13 percent of…

Global greenhouse gas emissions from animal-based foods are twice those of plant-based foods

09/30/21
Agriculture and land use are major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but previous estimates were either highly aggregate or provided spatial details for subsectors obtained via different methodologies. Using a model–data integration approach that…

Here’s How Much Food Contributes to Climate Change

09/13/21
As with most things related to people, the food we eat comes with a carbon cost. Soil tillage, crop and livestock transportation, manure management and all the other aspects of global food production generate greenhouse…

Resources for Advocacy School Food and Ag Policy

08/13/19
A list of organizations working on food issues, particularly school food and the farm bill. Note that information about how to contact government officials appears at the end.

17 Organizations Feeding the World Through Regenerative Agriculture

08/13/19
Transitioning to more sustainable forms of agriculture remains critical, as many current agriculture practices have serious consequences including deforestation and soil degradation. But despite agriculture’s enormous potential to hurt the environment, it also has enormous…

119 Organizations Shaking Up the Food System in 2019

06/24/19
Food Tank compiled a list of 119 organizations to keep an eye on in 2019 that are working towards a more sustainable food system.

Civil Eats

04/17/19
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. 

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Global agriculture will be drastically altered by climate change

By Kimberly M. S. Cartier  Photo by Alamy Stock Photo   02/18/21  
This story originally appeared in EOS.org and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

Transforming Agriculture to Mitigate Climate Change and Support Public Health

By Lauren Snyder and Cristel Zoebisch  Photo by Organic Farming Research Foundation   02/11/21  
Many of us spent most of 2020 sheltering at home, doing our part to curb the pandemic we are weathering as a global community. While there is solidarity in the fact that people around the…

The Environmental Upside of Modern Farming

By Robert Paarlberg  Photo by Daniel Acker/The Wall Street Journal   02/05/21  
If you wanted to produce food at the lowest cost to the environment, what methods would you use? Would you select modern farming methods (large-scale, specialized, mechanized and increasingly digital), or would you opt for…

Clues From Wines Grown in Hot, Dry Regions May Help Growers Adapt to a Changing Climate

By Liza Gross  Photo by Chuck Liddy   01/02/21  
Wine connoisseurs can talk endlessly about how terroir—the mysterious alchemy of soil, climate and landscape conditions—conjures the classic flavor profiles of their favorite wines. Climate change will likely disrupt these conditions, leaving some regions too…

The Energy 202: Biden takes aim at historic inequities with his environmental picks

By Dino Grandoni  Photo by Chuck Liddy   12/18/20  
A trio of recent picks by President-elect Biden for his environmental team will put environmental justice issues at the center of his administration's agenda. As Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and I report, Biden made a…

Ohio State soil scientist honored for increasing global food production

By Alayna DeMartini   10/05/20  
A renowned soil scientist at The Ohio State University has just been given the Canadian-based Arrell Global Food Innovation Award for improving soil health, and in doing so, increasing food production around the world. Across…

Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops, study finds

By Oliver Milman  Photo: DPA, Alamy   07/29/20  
A lack of bees in agricultural areas is limiting the supply of some food crops, a new US-based study has found, suggesting that declines in the pollinators may have serious ramifications for global food security.

Will COVID-19 Make Big Meat Look Like a Bad Investment?

By Lisa Held   07/29/20  
Jeremy Coller would like to be remembered as a man who saved “a few cows from a factory farm.” But unlike animal rights activists who break into barns to document abusive practices or environmentalists who…

How do you like your beef… old-style cow or 3D-printed?

By Gareth Rubin  Photo: Redefine Meat   11/10/19  
After the success of the Greggs vegan sausage roll and the juicy-yet-meatless Impossible Burger, the next new food sensation is coming to a plate near you: 3D-printed steaks and chicken thighs....

Can regenerative agriculture reverse climate change? Big Food is banking on it.

By Gosia Wozniacka  Photo: Doug Chayka for NBC News / Getty Images   10/29/19  
Regenerative agriculture works to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil, but there’s an ongoing debate on how much carbon can be stored there and for how long.

lowa’s farmers – and American eaters – need a national discussion on transforming US agriculture

By Lisa Schulte Moore  Photo by Charlie Neibergall   10/16/19  
Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses bring the state a lot of political attention during presidential election cycles. But in my view, even though some candidates have outlined positions on food and farming, agriculture rarely gets the attention…

With $100, You Too Can Invest in Regenerative Agriculture

By Lisa Held   10/02/19  
Steward is putting capital into helping sustainable, small farms grow, while cultivating a new kind of farm investor.

The Great Flood of 2019: A complete picture of a slow-motion disaster

By Sarah Almukhtar, Blacki Migliozzi and Others   09/14/19  
This year's flooding across the Midwest and the South affected nearly 14 million people, yet the full scale of the slowly unfolding disaster has been difficult to fathom. The volume of water is only one…

Q&A with Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera on Coffee and Climate

Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT   09/06/19  
How research at Columbia University is making coffee production more sustainable. ...

Climate Town Hall Brings Food and Agriculture to Center Stage

By Charlie Mitchell   09/05/19  
Over the course of seven hours last night, 10 of the leading Democratic presidential candidates spoke at length about climate change—and almost all of them included food and agriculture as a climate-change culprit, and solution.

Vilsack and Glickman: The next 30 years are critical for agriculture’s future

By Tom Vilsack and Dan Glickman  Photo: Special to the Register   08/20/19  
For U.S. farmers and ranchers, who are on the front lines in the battle against climate change, tremendous challenges lie ahead: how to nourish an unprecedented population while protecting and enhancing the world in which…

A systems approach to global agriculture could solve food insecurity

By Michael Ferrari  Illustration: GreenBiz   08/14/19  
When we look across the spectrum of challenges facing humanity, as well as at some of the largest potential commercial opportunities, we need not look any further than the dining table.

To tackle climate change we need to rethink our food system

By Kathleen Rogers and Dr. Shenggen Fan   08/14/19  
Yes, our food system is broken, but not irrevocably so. The challenges are enormous, but by understanding the problem and potential solutions, we can effect critical changes in the ways we produce, consume and dispose…

We need genetic engineering to stave off climate change-induced global hunger

By Devang Mehta  Photo: BBH Singapore on Unsplash   08/13/19  
Despite what many say, organic farming will not save us from the worst impacts of climate change.
NPR

To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change

By Rebecca Hersher, Allison Aubrey  Photo: Andre Penner/AP   08/08/19  
Humans must drastically alter food production to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a new report from the United Nations panel on climate change.

2020 Democratic Candidates on Key Food and Agriculture Issues

08/01/19  
Friends of the Earth Action is focusing on two key agriculture issues in the Presidential campaigns: where candidates stand on corporate consolidation and what their plans are to transition to a just, ecologically regenerative agriculture…

How digital tech can transform farming and food systems

By John Oswald Method   07/31/19  
Method's John Oswald considers the impact new technologies will have on the future of farming.

Can regenerative agriculture utilize cows to save the environment?

By Austin Wang   07/31/19  
From an emissions standpoint, cow belches are no joke. But cows could potentially be a sustainable force. Cue regenerative farming.

Food insecurity worsened by climate extremes

By Mark Alvarado   07/30/19  
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that climate change, conflict and economic instability are increasing food insecurity around the world.

Seawater Solutions is tacking agriculture’s impact on climate change

By Emmer O’Toole   07/29/19  
A system of farming that creates wetland ecosystems on which food can be grown, while carbon is captured at a rate of up to 40 times higher …

To feed 10 billion people, we must preserve biodiversity. Here’s how

By Jose Graziano da Silva & Maria Helena Semedo  Photo: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem   07/29/19  
At the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), we estimate that a quarter of ... consumption patterns, deforestation and climate change.

How tech is helping the agriculture sector curb carbon emissions

By Alzbeta Klein  Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su   07/26/19  
How tech is helping the agriculture sector curb carbon emissions ... how we farm and use our land (whether for food production, forestry, or other ... Vertical farms that rise to the challenge of climate…

The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change

By Ronnie Cummings   07/26/19  
The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers.

Impossible Foods and Regenerative Grazers Face Off in a Carbon Farming Dust-Up

By Nicole Rasul   06/19/19  
The plant-based burger company called regenerative grazing the “clean coal of meat” in a recent report. That hasn’t gone over well amongst carbon ranchers.

The Farms of the Future

By Isabel Marlens  Photo: Local Futures   06/05/19  
Hou Xueying, a mother from Shanghai, was tired of food safety scares and of a city life disconnected from the land. So she moved her family to the country to learn about sustainable farming. Her…

The Scariest Thing About Climate Change: What Happens To Our Food Supply

By Fredrick Hewitt  Photo: Nati Harnik/AP   06/05/19  
What are the images that you associate with climate change? Are they scenes of wildfires or the devastation wrought by a monster hurricane? The thunderous crash of a glacier calving into the sea? Maybe what…

Midwest Flooding is Wrecking Corn and Crops. Is Climate Change to Blame?

By Sarah Gibbens  Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images   06/03/19  
Seen from above, the Midwestern U.S. looks more like a marsh than the fertile fields that grow some of the nation’s most lucrative crops. That’s because this spring has been one of the rainiest on…

Climate change is already affecting global food production—unequally

By University of Minnesota   05/31/19  
The world's top 10 crops— barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane and wheat—supply a combined 83 percent of all calories produced on cropland. Yields have long been projected to decrease in…

Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food and Farming

By Julia Poska and The Civil Eats Editors   05/29/19  
With fewer than 18 months until the 2020 elections, the field is crowded with contenders. There are currently 25 declared presidential candidates, ranging from the well-known (Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren) to the lesser-known…

If they build it, will the oysters come?

By Brittney Martin  Photo: Matthew Busch for The Washington Post   05/25/19  
The orange buoys placed along the perimeter of an underwater construction site here keep disappearing, leaving behind a rust-stained barge with a massive pile of broken limestone. The barge carried it down the Mississippi River,…

California is making a weak effort to turn agriculture into a climate change fix

By Jacques Leslie  Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times   05/13/19  
Agriculture generates 9% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, which makes it the state’s fourth-largest emitter, after transportation, industry and buildings. But agriculture — often seen as an enemy of the environment — is the only…

How Carbon Farming Can Help Stop Climate Change In Its Tracks: New agricultural methods offer hope of restoring ecological balance

By Wilber Wood   05/06/19  
Ninety people are gathered along a trench—maybe 20 feet long, five feet deep, and three feet wide—in the Montana prairie. It’s an overcast spring day, with a cool breeze stirring the grass. Children clamber around…

From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering The Foods America Grows

By Kim Severson  Photo: John L Russell/Associated Press   04/30/19  
In every region, farmers and scientists are trying to adapt an array of crops to warmer temperatures, invasive pests, erratic weather and earlier growing seasons.

Farmers Fight Climate Change with Regenerative Agriculture

By Savannah Kuang   04/19/19  
As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, more people are becoming aware of the carbon footprint of our food choices. According to the USDA, agriculture accounts for about 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas…

Meat and Agriculture Are Worse For the Climate Than Dirty Energy Steven Chu Says

By Jeff McMahon  Photo: 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP   04/04/19  
The world has focused first on energy in its effort to stop greenhouse gas emissions, but former Energy Secretary Steven Chu puts agriculture at the top of his list of climate challenges—particularly animal agriculture. The…

Climate Change and the Death of Small Farms

By Emily Atkins  Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images   03/27/19  
Sometimes you have a bad year. That’s always been the reality of being a farmer or rancher. The business of growing crops and raising animals for profit requires two crucial elements for success that are…
NPR

Fighting Global Warming Requires Changes In How Cows are Feed

By Dan Charles   03/13/19  
Stopping climate change won't just mean a halt to burning coal and gasoline. It will mean an end to cutting forests and mining the soil to grow more food. Fortunately, it is possible.

What the New Green Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate

By Christopher D. Cook   02/07/19  
The long-awaited policy proposal from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey has finally surfaced—and it aims to turn U.S. agriculture into a positive force for climate change and social justice.

Decreases in global beer supply due to extreme drought and heat

By Wei Xie   10/15/18  
Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world by volume consumed, and yields of its main ingredient, barley, decline sharply in periods of extreme drought and heat. Although the frequency and severity of…

Texas Peach Orchards Suffer From Changing Climate

06/03/18  
Here at the Eckhardt family orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas—like all orchards—cold is the switch that triggers the growing sequence that by summer has limbs sagging with ripe, juicy peaches. But the reliable chill season in…