Diversity is incredibly important for a productive and resilient agrifood system. Diverse cropping systems can lead to greater productivity, profitability and environmental health. Diversity in the form of extended crop rotations can also reduce weed, insect, and disease pressure, which can help farmers cut the costs of their purchased inputs like herbicides and insecticides. Beyond these financial benefits, diversifying crop rotations also provides broader environmental benefits that can be experienced at both the field scale (e.g., reduced erosion) and landscape scale (e.g., reduced water quality impairment), as noted in the UCS report Rotating Crops, Turning Profits. Read more >
April 3, 2018 4:57 PM EDT
We All Benefit from Foreign Nations’ Food Crop Diversity—But Do Our Politics Reflect This Interdependence?
May 30, 2017 4:50 PM EDT
Earlier this spring, the United States became the newest member of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a global agreement on sharing and caring for seeds. It’s a remarkable moment for an agreement whose central tenet is that all countries need one another, especially since it’s really hard to measure just how much they do. Read more >
May 27, 2015 8:47 AM EDT
One of my favorite things about a trip to a farmers market is the possibility for surprise, the huge variety of tasty treats—perhaps a juicier plum, sweeter watermelon, perfectly tart apple, or new shade of cauliflower. Such discoveries are surely signs of an abundant and increasing diversity in fruits and vegetables… right? Do not be fooled! Read more >