agriculture


There’s New Support for Agricultural Research in 2016—But What Kind of Green Revolution Should We Aim For?

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There is welcome news in the new year for agricultural scientists: new opportunities for research funding. I have previously noted areas of research that are in urgent need of greater investment. Investments in these areas promise to pay off—even if you’re not a scientist, farmer, or rancher. Read more >

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The Land Sector in INDCs: What We Have and What We Need as Paris Climate Talks Begin

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

As the world’s political leaders come to Paris for the international climate negotiations (COP21), how do things look with respect to the land sector (agriculture and forests), which is responsible for nearly ¼ of global greenhouse gas emissions? Over the past year, the Union of Concerned Scientists has been analyzing how countries included the land sector in their “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs). What are their plans and how could they be made better?

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Who’s Responsible for Palm Oil Deforestation—Small Farmers or Big Companies?

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

In recent days, with massive fires in Southeast Asia again creating the dangerous haze that endangers the health and lives of millions, we’ve seen the recurrence of the claim that fires and deforestation are caused by small farmers, not big companies and their plantations. Read more >

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Carandale Farm, Oregon, WI: Colleagues from UCS, the Savanna Institute, and I tasting seaberries with farmer, researcher, and owner Dale Secher. Dale researches non-traditional fruit crops that can support more sustainable, local food systems.

The ABCD’s of Agroecology: What Is It All About?

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What makes agroecology so great (as I have said before!) is that it combines the best of two time-tested disciplines, ecology and agriculture, to pursue solutions for a healthier world. The list of experts who have agreed that agroecology can address many major challenges keeps growing, but what is this really all about? Read more >

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Deforestation Has Decreased

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

In the last few years, there has been heartening news, based on new scientific data, about progress in reducing global deforestation. The IPCC, in its Fifth Assessment Report in 2014, reviewed all the previously published evidence and concluded that deforestation and the emissions of global warming pollution that it produces had dropped in recent years. The Global Carbon Project, an annual review of the planet’s carbon cycle and its implications for climate change, found the same trend in its 2014 assessment. Read more >

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