Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

How Synthetic Biology Can Help the Environment

Artificial and modified organisms could become essential tools to fight climate change, clean up pollution, protect biodiversity, and more.

by |August 14, 2019

Why You Should Shop at the Farmers Market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, a staffer who used to work at the market tells us why farmers markets are valuable community resources.

by |August 9, 2019
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More Than Rice: The Future of Food Security in Vietnam

Representatives from Vietnamese government agencies and farmers’ groups came together at a recent workshop to discuss how to improve access to climate information for more effective decision making.

by |July 25, 2019
drought stunted plant in field

How Much Do Climate Fluctuations Matter for Global Crop Yields?

A new study finds that ENSO has caused widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, running counter to the long-held assumption that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions are unrelated.

by |July 9, 2019
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ACToday Unites Farmers and Scientists to Solve Climate Challenges in Guatemala

Thousands of Guatemalan farmers will now have access to state-of-the-art forecasts and other climate information to help them increase crop yields and earn more.

by |June 26, 2019
fields and wind turbines in ethiopia

Training Agents of Change: A New Approach to Reach Ethiopia’s Climate-Vulnerable Farmers

A training course marked a major step in a project that will equip farmers with climate information to manage food production in times of drought and extreme weather.

by |June 14, 2019
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Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 2019
fighting food waste

Fighting Food Waste by Finding Ways to Use the Useless

Even though some food is never eaten, the carbon emissions to grow it still end up in the atmosphere. Reducing waste is crucial to fighting climate change.

by |May 7, 2019
Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Even If You Don’t Live in the Midwest, This Spring’s Floods Could Still Impact You

While the flooding may not have inundated your house, you could still feel its effects in the form of more volatile food prices.

by |May 2, 2019

Scientists See Fingerprint of Warming Climate on Droughts Going Back to 1900

In an unusual new study, scientists say they have detected a growing fingerprint of human-driven global warming on global drought conditions starting as far back as 1900.

by |May 1, 2019