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Are Industrial Agriculture and Genetic Modification the Answer to Feeding Humanity?

Over the past half century, the world has moved increasingly to industrial agriculture—attempting to maximize efficiency through running massive, often inhumane livestock operations; turning huge swaths of land over to monocrops requiring liberal use of fertilizers, pesticides, and genetic modification; and relying on machinery that consumes fossil fuel and underpaid migrant workers.

Fighting Drought and Flood With Soil Health

The study looked at no-till techniques, cover crops, alternative grazing systems, crop systems integrating livestock grazing, and perennial crops, and provided estimates for what would have happened had those techniques been used during recent floods and droughts in Iowa.

4 per 1000 Initiative Up for Prestigious Award

This year, the World Food Council joined with the United Nations Convention in its fight against desertification in order to give out its prestigious Future Policy Award 2017. The 4 per 1000 Initiative, aimed at increasing the storage of carbon in agricultural soils, is one of the seven policies being considered for the award this year.

OCA and the True Potential of Organic Cotton

A prosperous organic cotton sector benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer. To realize the sector’s potential, we need to bring about the conditions that will allow the crop that safeguards the environment and enhances farmer livelihoods to flourish.

How to Plant a Tree in the Desert

One way to restore degraded soil is to plant trees—lots of them. Jurriaan Ruys’s invention, which can be buried underground, contains a sapling, water, and beneficial fungi.