Ricardo Salvador

Director, Food & Environment

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Ricardo Salvador is an internationally renowned agronomist with more than 20 years of experience working to build a healthier food system. Dr. Salvador directs UCS’s Food and Environment Program. See Ricardo's full bio.

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Jane Fonda Is Going to Jail This Weekend. Here’s Why I Joined Her on the Barricades

I was arrested on the steps of the US Capitol a few weeks ago, demanding government action against climate change. It had been 60 years—or 1.8° Fahrenheit (1° Celsius) worth of global warming—since my last arrest. I’ll get back to that, but first, something more recent. Read more >

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¿Qué tipo de sociedad somos? Jornaleras y jornaleros agrícolas a merced del cambio climático

El cambio climático está desestabilizando nuestras vidas cotidianas, desde los estragos meteorológicos cada vez mas violentos hasta las temperaturas extremas. Estos fenómenos nos afectan a todos, aun a quienes consideremos que no estamos expuestos directamente a sus daños. Puesto que el sistema que nos provee alimento diario inicia con la agricultura—la cual se conduce mayoritariamente a la intemperie—el cambio climático amenaza con disrumpir el suministro fiable y asequible de alimentos, con lo cual contamos todos de manera hasta inconsciente. Read more >

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He’s a Science Denier—and He Oversees the Nation’s Farm Policy

The pattern is clear: by consistently requesting that Congress cut budgets for science, and by decreeing that all federal executive agencies arbitrarily terminate “at least one third” of their advisory committees, the Trump administration is in an all-out war against science—against the premise that evidence and analysis should inform policy-making. Read more >

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¿Por qué es político el sistema agroalimentario?

Grato sería disfrutar un bocado sin molestarnos con consideraciones mayores al sabor y el agrado de nuestros platillos favoritos. Sin embargo, el sistema alimentario funciona de manera tal que la gran mayoría de nosotros lo repudiaríamos si comprendiéramos lo que hace con nuestro aval, el cual concedemos cada vez que pedimos algo de la carta de un restaurante, o nos paseamos llenando nuestro carrito en el supermercado. Read more >

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The 2018 Farm Bill Is Now Law. But the Shenanigans Continue…

Today, President Trump signs the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “farm bill”) into law. Over the past year, our allies and supporters called their elected officials, signed petitions, wrote letters to the editor and organized their communities—doing everything possible to impress upon Congress the importance of legislation that supports the nation’s farmers, and the food insecure, in an equitable and responsible way. It is time for a quick inventory of achievements and the work yet ahead, though there isn’t much time for us, or our supporters and allies, to catch our breath.

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