High Nature Value: Reviving traditional farmlands through social transformations

    High Nature Value farmlands are not only rich in biodiversity, but they also provide valuable ecosystem services to society. A recent study illustrates different scenarios for their future and shows a hopeful path forward to avert the threat of agricultural intensification or abandonment through social and economic transformations.

    Viola Taubmann

    January 12, 2021
    Changing the conversation around soil carbon

    A flurry of excitement around the power of agricultural practices to capture carbon in soils and curb global climate change is generating investment across the public and private sectors. Recent studies reveal the uncertainties and limitations of these practices’ long-term carbon storage potential, while highlighting their other benefits for the environment and food system. Soil scientists call on decision makers to reframe their approaches to soil management to better capture holistic benefits.

    Kara Hoving

    January 4, 2021
    Implementing regenerative systems in small and medium-sized businesses

    Make, use, throw away, repeat. How can we shift toward more sustainable consumption patterns? New research presents how small and medium-sized enterprises play a role in promoting circular economies.

    Victoria Mansfield

    December 24, 2020
    House sparrows need houses: An avoidable conflict between biodiversity and energy efficiency as rural areas modernize

    Many bird species need human structures like old barns and houses to build their nests. Their populations are declining as villages modernize, but this modernization improves rural quality of life and energy efficiency. Avoiding the unnecessary choice between rural development and wildlife conservation will require innovative approaches.

    Laura González Mantecón

    December 17, 2020
A Tiny Solution to a Global Issue: Can Nanotechnology Help Make Agriculture More Sustainable?

Scientists are evaluating the potential of new technologies that can minimize agriculture’s adverse environmental impacts, while still meeting the nutritional demands of a growing population.

Anna Raffeld
December 10, 2020
Mothers and infants pay the price for rising temperatures

New research suggests that rising temperatures cause more premature births, especially among Black mothers. To address the impacts of rising heat, policy makers must address the inequalities that put certain groups at higher risk of heat exposure.   

Cameron Ramey
December 4, 2020
Centering a population overlooked in agriculture: The young Black farmer

Agricultural research tends to ignore the experiences of young Black farmers. Shedding ample light on their narratives can help reform policies and programs to encourage diversity and elevate Black Americans’ contributions to agricultural innovation.

Cam Humphrey
November 25, 2020
The case for conserving tropical dry forests

Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened biomes in the world, but are often overlooked while creating conservation plans and protected areas. Conserving these forests can protect thousands of species that are only found in these regions and support the livelihoods of millions of people.

Joyita Ghose
November 18, 2020