April 23, 2015

The African oil palm in Bahia, Brazil: Past, present, and potential of an Afro-Brazilian landscape

Case WatkinsLouisiana State University

In 1991, the Secretary of Culture in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia officially designated an eighty-kilometer strip of its Atlantic shores as the Costa do Dendê, or Palm Oil Coast, in a formal nod to the dense stands of African oil palms that had come to dominate local landscapes. Part of a broader initiative […]

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April 22, 2015

The sustainable solutions at our feet: Top five reasons you should “root” for soil health farmers on Earth Day 2015

Ron NicholsUSDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

To meet the growing sustainability challenges of the 21st Century, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is reminding people that many of the solutions are right at our feet — in the soil. Here are the top five reasons NRCS says why on Earth Day, you should “root” for soil health farmers: A lot of people […]

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April 20, 2015

Choosing sustainability: food production to 2050

Fiona McKenzieAustralian Futures Project

It is often claimed that we need to increase global food production by 70-100% in order to feed the world in 2050. The assumption that food production is tied to food security dismisses the role of access and consumption to food. This is partly because food security is only weakly linked to the capacity of […]

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April 18, 2015

A Multi-sectoral Approach is Key for a Sustainable Future

Marissa ShermanEcoAgriculture Partners

This week, I had the pleasure to represent EcoAgriculture Partners (and livetweet) the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability. The event focused on the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. Along with presenting the most pressing problems the world faces, the event highlighted a possible solution: an interdisciplinary approach.  To face the […]

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April 11, 2015

Can we meet future global food demand without causing any further environmental damage?

Bárbara WillaartsTechnical University of Madrid Insa FlachsbarthTechnical University of Madrid Claudia Ringler

One would wish to have a direct and simple answer to this big question: Yes we can!  But unfortunately there are no free lunches, and whatever strategy we will adopt to satisfy global food demand, food production will inevitably have adverse impacts on our environment. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Agriculture and Ecosystems […]

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April 10, 2015

How and where to restore tropical forest: a bird’s eye view

Leighton ReidMissouri Botanical Garden

Great Tinamous are surprisingly light-footed for being rather awkwardly shaped. They wander delicately on the rainforest floor and call to one another in haunting tones at dawn and dusk. When approached by people, they disappear nervously into the underbrush. This shy, sun-dappled lifestyle works well in endless forest, but it complicates the task of restoring […]

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