Food and agriculture

News articles classified as Food and agriculture

Farming for food and biodiversity

Diversified farming is an important complement to forest protections for reversing tropical biodiversity declines.

Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment —

Solutions for childhood stunting

Adding minerals to farmland soil could help prevent a condition with long-lasting harmful consequences for children in the developing world.

Can alternative meat compete?

The analysis compares innovations and policies related to plant-based and lab-grown alternatives to animal meat and dairy in the U.S. and European Union. Its findings could help ensure legislation levels the food industry playing field.

Stanford Law School —

Climate-smart agriculture needs better data

A new report emphasizes the need for precise, practical protocols for measuring the climate benefits associated with agricultural practices.

Rethinking meat substitutes

Plant-based and lab-grown meat substitutes are here to stay, but are unlikely to eliminate livestock agriculture’s climate and land use impacts anytime soon, according to Stanford environmental scientist David Lobell.

Dams and food security

Analysis finds that dammed reservoirs could store more than 50% of the water needed to irrigate crops without depleting water stocks or encroaching on nature. The researchers caution against building new dams, however, and urge consideration of alternative storage solutions.

Cover crops can lower yields

Federal subsidies promote planting cover crops to store carbon in agricultural soils, among other benefits, but the approach as currently practiced can reduce yields in the U.S. Corn Belt, researchers find. Their analysis highlights the need to better implement the practice.

Predicting drought development using plant processes

Based on new analyses of satellite data, scientists have found that hydrologic conditions that increase flash drought risk occur more often than current models predict. The research also shows that incorporating how plants change soil structures can improve Earth system models.