We know industrial farming needs to change. But regenerative agriculture may not be the transformation our global food system needs.
Hardline positions could narrow the options available to farmers and conservation practitioners in a way that can be harmful to both.
Solve the climate and extinction crises together, or solve neither.
Legumes have a superpower: they can convert nitrogen in the air into a form plants can use to grow.
Cuba’s sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.
We all need to eat. Experts imagine how the next agricultural revolution can feed us while fighting climate change and habitat destruction, instead of accelerating it.
We’re not powerless to change the future of food. Nature and technology can combine to nourish both the earth and its inhabitants.
In the Catalan Pyrenees, women shepherds and cattle ranchers try to valorise the ancestral agropastoral culture to save the mountains from climate change.
The food system urgently needs to be redesigned if we are to avoid crisis.
Developing countries present an opportunity for agroecological innovations to help small-scale farmers.
Urban farming can make it easier for city residents to obtain healthy, affordable food. But to raise big yields from small pieces of land, farmers need training and support.
A guide to the battle for the future of farming.
A recent summit in Ottawa on what’s known as agroecology has shown that more equitable and sustainable methods of producing food are not only possible, they’re beginning to spread around the world.
Developing countries could leapfrog industrial agriculture systems by moving to agroecology.
Multiple reports have convincingly demonstrated that agroecology is the most promising pathway to sustainable food systems on all continents. But governments aren’t doing enough to support it.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
The world’s ‘drylands’ – already home to 38% of the world’s people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
We need to break up the industry, not focus on creating a disease-resistant ‘superbanana’.
The Paris climate summit yielded a pact to reduce air pollutants that contribute to global warming but missed a chance to address the interlinked effects of agriculture and climate.
Agroecological techniques that mimic nature – the antithesis of GMOs and high-cost fertilizers – have made farmers in developing countries more resilient to extreme weather.