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Trees Get in Way of $58 Billion in EU Farm Subsidies

Countries across the European Union are finishing new rules for handing out 43 billion euros ($58 billion) in annual EU farm subsidies, a change that …

Copious Fertilizer Down on the Farm Means More Global Warming Pollution up in the Sky

A small experiment that could eventually make a big difference for the climate is taking place on farmer Myron Ortner's land in central Michigan.<p>On a …

Inside Bell Aquaculture: Let's Talk About Fish

After a recent visit to Bell Aquaculture‘s farm and facilities in Redkey, Indiana, we’ve explored the company’s vertically integrated model–which …

How Americans Got Red Meat Wrong

Early diets in the country weren't as plant-based as you might think.<p>The idea that red meat is a principal dietary culprit has pervaded our national conversation for decades. We have been led to believe that we’ve strayed from a more perfect, less meat-filled past. Most prominently, when Senator …

The Science of Designing Food for the World's Poor

Enlisting cartoon characters and computer software in the fight against malnutrition<p>CHOQUISIS, Guatemala—In this tiny, impoverished village, burrowed in the jagged mountains of Guatemala's Western Highlands, Cristina Itsep Perez is making million-dollar gruel.<p>Under a corrugated tin roof, in a …

Organic farming is great, but it’s not Jesus

I have a pretty high baseline level of skepticism, and when I’m exposed to rhetorical bombast, it causes those skepticism levels to spike. Objections …

Farming

Feeding 9 Billion

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint<p>For most of history, whenever we’ve needed to produce more food, we’ve simply cut down forests or plowed grasslands to make more farms. We’ve already cleared an area roughly the size of South America to grow crops. To raise livestock, we’ve taken over even …

Agriculture

Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World

Half a billion small-scale farmers are helping pioneer sustainable techniques.<p><b>This story is part of National Geographic's special eight-month Future of Food series. To learn more about it, join our Food: A Forum live-streaming event on May 2 at 2 p.m. EST.</b><p><b>The challenge is huge but the solution may</b> …

Want to Know If Your Food Is Genetically Modified?

Across the country, an aggressive grassroots movement is winning support with its demands for GMO labeling. If only it had science on its side.<p>In more than 30 years in politics, Bobby Starr had never seen anything like it.<p>The Vermont state senator, a Democrat, represents a remote, rural district on …

40% of South Africa’s key water source is being threatened

Water towers aren’t known for their beauty–not the rusty rigs that dot skylines and beach towns, at least. But some researchers see a similar functionality in mountains that provide crucial runoff to surrounding lowlands. To them, the Maloti-Drakensburg Mountains rising over South Africa, one of …

200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction

<i>(Warning: This post contains a graphic image)</i><p>Atlantic bluefin tuna is tasty. So tasty, in fact, that the fish is also endangered. There are now only half the number of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the sea that there were in 1970. That’s despite rules set by governments around the world that have …

In Defense Of Culture: Why Creatives Should Mimic The Sustainable Food Movement

By Astra Taylor8 minute Read<p>It may seem counterintuitive at a time of information overload, viral media, aggregation, and instant commenting to worry …

Sustainability

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

May 2013