food security

Spiritual Leader Sadhguru Takes 100-Day Motorcycle Journey to Save Soil

Spiritual Leader Sadhguru Takes 100-Day Motorcycle Journey to Save Soil

More than half of the world’s agricultural soils are already degraded, and both scientists and UN agencies agree that the remaining soil will only take us another 40 to 50 years.  Yet despite the threat this poses to biodiversity, the climate and global food security, soil health receives less attention than other looming environmental crises. […]

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    Modern-Day Diets Are Changing Human Chemistry, Study Finds

    Modern-Day Diets Are Changing Human Chemistry, Study Finds

    By Malavika Vyawahare “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” the French lawyer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his 1826 opus, Physiologie du Goût. This is quite literally the case, scientists decoding the human body have found. Now, an analysis of chemical signatures in human hair and nails shows […]

    12 Books on Healing Our Connection With the Planet for Earth Day

    12 Books on Healing Our Connection With the Planet for Earth Day

    By Michael Svoboda For April’s bookshelf we take a cue from Earth Day and step back to look at the bigger picture. It wasn’t climate change that motivated people to attend the teach-ins and protests that marked that first observance in 1970; it was pollution, the destruction of wild lands and habitats, and the consequent […]

    New Report Warns Climate Change Will Accelerate Global Instability

    New Report Warns Climate Change Will Accelerate Global Instability

    Climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, and growing inequality will exacerbate global volatility over the coming decades, a report by top U.S. intelligence officials released Thursday warns. The Global Trends report, released every four years by the National Intelligence Council, predicted the impacts of climate change – rising temperatures, intensifying extreme weather and droughts that increase […]

    Food Apartheid: Racialized Access to Healthy Affordable Food

    Food Apartheid: Racialized Access to Healthy Affordable Food

    By Nina Sevilla Food insecurity rates have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even before March 2020, many Americans already faced challenges accessing healthy and affordable food. “Food desert” has become a common term to describe low-income communities — often communities of color — where access to healthy and affordable food is limited or where […]

    What Keeps Climate Scientists Awake at Night?

    What Keeps Climate Scientists Awake at Night?

    By Sam Baker What really makes this reporter’s stomach churn thinking about climate change? Thawing permafrost. A scenario where it all melts, releasing copious amounts of CO2 and methane (it holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere holds right now), and there’s no going back. But what’s at the top of the list of […]

    How Climate Change Is Stunting Farm Production

    How Climate Change Is Stunting Farm Production

    By Cameron Oglesby Since 1960, about 21 percent of global agriculture production, including livestock, tree farming, and traditional crops such as corn and soybeans, has been negatively impacted by climate change, according to a new study. In the research published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, agriculture production is defined not just as crop yields or […]

    Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

    Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

    In flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, farmers and their families utilize a centuries-old tradition to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Floating gardens — known as dhap, or locally as baira — have been used in south-central Bangladesh for 300-400 years, BBC reported. Farmers build their own floating gardens out of plants, and like rafts, the […]

    What Can We Learn From Our Ancestors, the Climate Crisis and Massacres?

    What Can We Learn From Our Ancestors, the Climate Crisis and Massacres?

    About 6,200 years ago, 41 people were killed and buried in a mass grave in what is now modern-day Croatia. According to Live Science, DNA analysis has now revealed that members of their own community may have murdered them, and some researchers suggest that a sudden population boom or shift in climate conditions could have […]