Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife — and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk.
For the second time this century, crises have led to calls to transform our global food system. We can start with restructuring the global food trade so that it complements local food systems.
The original Dust Bowl crashed US wheat production. Today, it would reduce global stocks by a third.
Globalization is making it harder to identify and trace outbreaks of foodborne illness. Technology can help, but consumers may also have to rethink their food choices.
Global food system issues can be traced to colonial history. It's time food production became more sustainable so that it meets the needs of people - equally.