agricultural research


This Pi Day, Supporting Agricultural Research Is as Easy as Pi(e)

, agroecologist

This Pi Day, there is a timely opportunity to honor math, science, and pie all at once. That’s because AFRI—the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a critical agricultural research program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is on the cusp of being able to deliver even more when it comes to advancing the way we grow our food and its impact on the environment, wildlife, and farmers. Read more >

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The Wonderful World of Plants, Soil, and Bugs (Or, Why I Love Agroecology)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

I’ve been thinking a lot about plants, soil, and bugs this week, while geeking out with more than 7,000 scientists in Minneapolis. The joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Entomology Society of America (whew!) has been a fantastic opportunity to meet and hear from scientists who are looking for new answers to the food, farming, and sustainability challenges our world faces.

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Scientists Say “Yes” to Investment in Sustainable Agriculture

, , director, Food & Environment Program

Suspense. In early July, UCS launched a statement from 36 leading agricultural scientists calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Congress, and the nation’s agricultural universities to shift their focus and research priorities toward a redefinition of the nation’s agricultural vision. These three dozen science heavyweights outlined the benefits of the modern science of agroecology, and called for greater investment of public resources in our nation’s long term interest. But would other experts join them? Read more >

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Now What? Scientists Call for a Better Way to Invest in the Future of Agriculture

, , director, Food & Environment Program

Iowa State University, April 2005. I stood at the front of the classroom, a veteran of 25 years of teaching at one of the nation’s front-line agricultural institutions, and I was trying hard not to show my disbelief. The young man who had just spoken was a superstar student and, like most agriculture students in Iowa, came from a farm. He’d just heard a team of fellow students report on the grass-fed beef system of the Argentine pampas, and his first reaction was to ask: “Cattle can really eat grass?” Read more >

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