(People crowd a wholesale market in Mumbai. REUTERS/Prashanth Vishwanathan)
How Existing Cropland Could Feed Billions More
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, crops, and actions could make it possible to both meet the basic needs of 3 billion more people and decrease agriculture’s environmental footprint.
Ethiopia’s Teff and the Giant, New Potential of a Tiny, Ancient Grain
Ethiopia may soon be known as the birthplace of the next “superfood”—teff. Is the solution to Ethiopia’s health and poverty woes right under their feet? Does teff have the potential to lift Ethiopia out of poverty? There isn’t any large-scale production of teff yet, but the Ethiopian government has committed to expanding teff production and lifting the export ban to build the market.
Saving Soil: Digging for Solutions Beneath Our Feet
25 percent of the planet’s land is highly degraded, and only 10 percent is improving. But agriculture doesn’t have to degrade soils. These projects and individuals are facilitating important dialogue about the importance of soil and actively addressing the threats of soil degradation and erosion around the world.
Move Over, Kale, the New Super Vegetable Comes From the Sea
The organization Greenwave is aimed at jump-starting a “blue-green” economy: identifying restorative species in any given ecosystem that make the oceans healthier, that are nutritious, delicious, and economically viable. Their ocean farming model uses the entire ocean column to grow as many different foods as possible in as small an area as possible.