Opinion: The Rise of Precision Agriculture Exposes Our Food System to New Threats

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Farmers are adopting precision agriculture, using data collected by GPS, satellite imagery, internet-connected sensors and other technologies to farm more efficiently. While these practices could help increase crop yields and reduce costs, the technology behind the practices is creating … Read more

Opinion: Community and School Gardens Don’t Magically Sprout Bountiful Benefits

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. While it is widely understood magically that community and school gardening have innumerable health, well-being and educational benefits, it’s important to realize these benefits don’t appear when gardens take root. Over past six years, I’ve worked closely with educators, … Read more

Opinion: The Dangers of Big Data Extend to Agriculture

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Most internet users are by now aware of the vulnerability of their personal data. When the news broke that tech companies misuse and manipulate our personal data, there was a widespread “techlash” against the corporate giants Facebook, Amazon and … Read more

Opinion: Feeding Insects to Cows Could Make Meat and Dairy More Sustainable

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The world’s population is growing, and so is the challenge of feeding everyone. Current projections indicate that by 2050, global food demand could increase by 59 to 98 percent above current levels. In particular, there will be increased demand … Read more

Opinion: With Sky-High Fertilizer Prices, There’s an Opportunity to Grow Crops More Sustainably

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Farmers are coping with a fertilizer crisis brought on by soaring fossil fuel prices and industry consolidation. The price of synthetic fertilizer has more than doubled since 2021, causing great stress in the farm country. This crunch is particularly … Read more

Opinion: It’s Time to Include Fungi in Conservation Goals

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. It’s no secret that Earth’s biodiversity is at risk. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 26 percent of all mammals, 14 percent of birds and 41 percent of amphibians are currently threatened worldwide, mainly due … Read more

Opinion: Raising Cattle on Native Grasses Benefits Farmers, Wildlife and the Soil

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Early on a cool June morning, heavy dew lies on the grass of rolling farm country somewhere in Tennessee, Missouri or Pennsylvania. Small patches of fog hang in low lying pockets of these fields. At the distance, hardworking farmers … Read more