food Archives - State of the Planet

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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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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

You Asked: How Can I Find Out the Carbon Footprints of Different Foods?

We look at research from the Earth Institute and beyond to answer questions about the impacts of beef, soy, and more.

by |April 24, 2019
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What’s Needed for a Sustainable, Equitable and Healthy Food System?

A report integrates the environmental, health, and social impacts of agriculture into one framework to help us make informed decisions about food.

by |February 7, 2019
Members of the Japan Family Farmers’ Movement showing their support of peasant rights

UN Resolution Would Protect Land and Water Rights of Rural People

This proposed declaration includes a number of rights, and specifically mentions that water resources in mountain ecosystems should be protected against pollution from mining activities.

by |October 5, 2018
almond orchard in california

Almond Orchards in California: Healthy or Hazardous?

Why California almonds get such a bad rap.

by |September 5, 2018
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Corn, Obesity, and Navigating Healthy Eating Choices as a Parent

Our children learn to eat from us. Eat better, fill your plates with dark leafy greens and your kid is bound to follow.

by |August 22, 2018

How Climate Change Will Alter Our Food

As the world population continues to grow, global demand for food could increase dramatically by 2050. Yet the impacts of climate change threaten to decrease the quantity and quality of our food supplies.

by |July 25, 2018
Rice farmers in India

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water and Improve Nutrition

Replacing some rice with less thirsty crops could help to sustainably feed a rapidly growing population.

by |July 4, 2018
food in ethiopia

Food Web: Trade Networks May Be Key to Solving Hunger

Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.

by |June 28, 2018