Between New Year’s resolutions and the recent release of the US Dietary Guidelines, a lot of us have healthy foods on our minds. In that spirit, I’d like to give a shout out to the real hero behind healthy food: soil. Although eating dirt may not be trendy, there’s more and more evidence that healthy soils actually do produce healthy humans. Read more >
January 20, 2016 2:55 PM EDT
There’s New Support for Agricultural Research in 2016—But What Kind of Green Revolution Should We Aim For?
January 11, 2016 9:59 AM EDT
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 >
November 18, 2015 1:58 PM EDT
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.
November 17, 2015 2:30 PM EDT
When it comes to problems stemming from the current industrial food system, we need to get beyond cleaning up the mess. At some point, we have to ask: if our food system causes nitrate pollution, climate change, obesity, diabetes, and biodiversity loss—while undermining the very soil quality it depends upon for its own long-term viability—isn’t it time to find a better way? Read more >
October 20, 2015 12:03 PM EDT
With the first Democratic debate a week behind us and the election still over a year away, we’ve entered a long but important window to influence campaign conversation.
In last week’s debate, the candidates spoke for 101 minutes during which gun control was mentioned 40 times. Russia and Syria followed in a tight second with 36 mentions, clocking in above the economy, which got called out 30 times. The health of Americans—or more specifically, healthcare—came up less than half as frequently, but still garnered 13 mentions.
How many times did the candidates mention food or agriculture? Read more >