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A sampling of entrepreneurs and innovations that have the potential to move the needle.
March 5, 2021 by Jim Giles
Can farmland soils deliver the climate benefits we all hope they can?
February 26, 2021 by Jim Giles
Startup Pairwise is focused on making nutritious plants such as mustard greens or blackberries more palatable to consumer appetites without adding new genes. This approach could be much less controversial than previous GMO efforts.
February 19, 2021 by Jim Giles
The continues to be creating a product that beats meat on the three things consumers care most about: convenience, price and taste.
February 12, 2021 by Jim Giles
Sustainability advocates celebrate zero-waste goals. But perhaps they have the unintended effect of labeling certain materials as needing to be eliminated.
January 22, 2021 by Jim Giles
The ideas proposed for a Rockefeller Foundation contest cover a dizzying array of locations and issues, but their commonalities are as prominent as their differences.
January 15, 2021 by Jim Giles
Collaborative processes involve countless meetings and technical reports and lobbying and conflict. But they can result in trusted systems that underpin structural change.
January 8, 2021 by Jim Giles
These trends and developments should be generating more attention than they do.
December 18, 2020 by Jim Giles
Alternative proteins. Regenerative agriculture. The push toward zero. All loomed large in 2020.
December 11, 2020 by Jim Giles
Black soldier flies are one new approach vying to solve aquaculture’s feed problem. Companies are also growing fishmeal from algae and using microbes to convert carbon dioxide into protein.
December 4, 2020 by Jim Giles
The challenge of reforming the way we manage the almost 1 billion acres of U.S. farmland can seem overwhelming, but we’re seeing the emergence of a suite of solutions that might be up to the job.
November 20, 2020 by Jim Giles
You have 30 seconds to urge the President-elect to focus on a particular issue. What would it be?
November 13, 2020 by Jim Giles
It's a step in the right direction, the metrics the restaurant chain uses to display data could nudge customers into making less sustainable choices.
October 30, 2020 by Jim Giles
The restaurant chain is designating some menu items with the “Cool Food” badge, which designates choices with lower greenhouse gas emissions.
October 23, 2020 by Jim Giles
The power of gene editing can be wielded to modify plants and, among other things, achieve significant sustainability wins.
October 2, 2020 by Jim Giles
An idea: Eat less meat and then, on the land that frees up, restore native ecosystems, such as forests, which draw down carbon.
September 25, 2020 by Jim Giles
Globally, cattle, sheep and goats account for around half of all emissions from agricultural production.
September 18, 2020 by Jim Giles
Farmers across the Corn Belt tend to plant rotations of soy and corn. Diversification could boost returns and reduce pollution. Why don't farmers make the switch?
September 11, 2020 by Jim Giles
Digital sales are helping farmers make up for business from shuttered restaurants, but not everyone can afford this fresh product and meat, raising questions about long-term sustainability.
August 21, 2020 by Jim Giles
Aquaponics and other indoor ag systems rely on access to water and energy, not soil or seas. Siting them near existing distribution hubs or industrial parks makes plenty of sense.
July 31, 2020 by Jim Giles
Consumption continues to decline, generating real questions about the sustainability of the current system. But are we prepared for a just transition?
July 17, 2020 by Jim Giles
It's by far the largest company to move toward this goal, and that could prompt other big brands to move in the same direction.
June 26, 2020 by Jim Giles
There are gaps in coverage, but a new dashboard aggregates more than 170 indicators about food waste, greenhouse gas emissions and other key agricultural metrics.
June 19, 2020 by Jim Giles
Our understanding of how carbon is stored in soil is far from complete.
May 29, 2020 by Jim Giles
The story that indoor farming could potentially produce dramatic environmental gains is largely fictional today, but innovators are working to bring truth to the tale in a not-so-distant future.
May 22, 2020 by Jim Giles