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Researchers present their work at AGU 2019

News / January 26, 2020

Each year, thousands of scientists from across the globe come together at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual fall meeting to share new findings and research on pressing topics facing our world, including climate change, extreme events, environmental pollution, groundwater resources and more.

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Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields, Stanford Researchers Find

News / December 6, 2019

Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for food. But a simple farming practice born from the 1930’s Dust Bowl could provide a solution, according to new Stanford research. The study, published Dec.

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When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

News / October 7, 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all. “Without food security, you will have no other security,” said David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, to an audience of Stanford members and local residents on Oct. 1. 

Beasley along with predecessor Ertharin Cousin, a visiting scholar with Stanford’s Center of Food Security and the Environment, helped shape the United Nations’ anti-hunger program into the world’s largest hunger relief organization, feeding over 90 million people every year.

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Microsatellite data can help double impact of agricultural interventions

News / October 7, 2019

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan.

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Flood, Drought and Political Invasion: A Lament From Rural Iowa

Commentary / September 10, 2019

This posting, my eighth annual edition, comes again from our mid-sized corn, soybean, and cattle farm in Linn County, Iowa.  My wife and I may not be typical owners, but our farming operation is a fair representation of what is happening in rural America. The overwhelming reaction for 2019 is, “Wow, what a difference a year makes.”  In 2018, growing conditions were practically perfect; in 2019, almost nothing has gone right.

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How to Keep the Next Generation of Farmers in Business

News / July 18, 2019

Not many people go into farming to get rich. Low commodity prices, high operational costs and limited profit opportunities cloud the outlook. William Wrigley Professor and FSE Founding Director ROSAMOND NAYLOR gave a keynote presentation on the path toward a more profitable future at an agricultural symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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ESA Honors Rosamond Naylor

News / April 5, 2019

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has named William Wrigley Professor and FSE Founding Director ROSAMOND NAYLOR as one of its 2019 Fellows. The lifetime appointment recognizes Naylor for “designing ecologically and economically sound practices that protect native species and enhance global food security in marine and terrestrial ecosystems,” according to the ESA’s April 4th  announcement.  

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Effects of Climate Change on Suicide Rates

News / March 29, 2019

As global temperatures rise, climate change’s impacts on mental health are becoming increasingly evident. Recent research has linked elevated temperatures to an increase in violence, stress and decreased cognitive function leading to impacts such as reduced test scores, lowered worker productivity and impaired decision-making.

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Effects of Climate Change on Hunger

News / March 19, 2019

As the climate changes, where plants grow best is predicted to shift. Crops that once thrived as a staple in one region may no longer be plentiful enough to feed a community that formerly depended on it. Beyond where plants grow, there’s also the issue of how they grow. Evidence suggests that plants grown in the presence of high carbon dioxide levels aren’t as nutritious.

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Oceans and the Future of Food

News / January 23, 2019
Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions and Center on Food Security and the Environment, together with Springer-Nature, are hosting a workshop focused on building a research agenda that, for the first time, analyzes the role of oceans within the context of global food systems.
 
Massive changes in the global food sector over the next few decades – driven by climate change and other environmental stresses, growing population and income, advances in technology, and shifts in policies and trade patterns – will have profound implications for the oceans and vice versa.
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The Double-Edged Sword of Palm Oil

Blog / January 16, 2019

Nearly ubiquitous in products ranging from cookies to cosmetics, palm oil represents a bedeviling double-edged sword. Widespread cultivation of oil palm trees has been both an economic boon and an environmental disaster for tropical developing-world countries, contributing to large-scale habitat loss, among other impacts.

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Food system failures in our age of abundance

Blog / January 11, 2019

Twelve-year-old Lena is growing up poor and malnourished on Chicago’s West Side. She buys Blue Juice and Hot Chips from the corner store on her way to school. She and her classmates can afford the flavoured sugar water and salty starch, but this cheap “food” that fills up her stomach provides no nutritional value. 

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Connecting food and agriculture professionals

Q&A / October 12, 2018

The recently launched Stanford Alumni in Food & Ag group aims to bring together Stanford graduates with a background or interest in food and agriculture issues. Tannis Thorlakson, one of the group’s creators, works as the environmental lead for Driscoll’s in the U.S. and Canada, and recently earned her Ph.D. from Stanford’s E-IPER program. She hopes the group will help alumni stay connected with cutting-edge research and stay up-to-date on news within the food and agriculture space.

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Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

News / October 2, 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

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Marshall Burke Interview: "The Future of Everything with Russ Altman"

News / September 26, 2018

Marshall Burke, assistnat professor of Earth system science and deptuy director at the Center on Food Security and the Enviroment shares his insights on how climate change is already impacting human behavior and what interventions are cost effective when it comes to combating the global change in climate.

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Notes from an Iowa Farm: Prices, Politics, and Precipitation

News / September 24, 2018

These field notes constitute my seventh summer report from our Iowa farm.  As readers of prior postings may remember, my wife and I own a medium-sized farm in east-central Iowa that produces corn, soybeans, and beef from a cow-calf herd.

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Climate change projected to increase insect-driven crop loss

News / August 31, 2018

But new research is showing that climate change is expected to accelerate rates of crop loss due to the activity of another group of hungry creatures — insects. A paper published Aug. 31 in the journal Science reports that insect activity in today's temperate, crop-growing regions will rise along with temperatures. Researchers project that this activity, in turn, will boost worldwide losses of rice, corn and wheat by 10-25 percent for each degree Celsius that global mean surface temperatures rise.

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Indirect child casualties of conflict far outnumber direct combatant deaths in Africa

News / August 30, 2018

More children die from the indirect impact of armed conflict in Africa than those killed in the crossfire and on the battlefields, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. The study is the first comprehensive analysis of the large and lingering effects of armed conflicts — civil wars, rebellions and interstate conflicts — on the health of noncombatants.

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Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

Q&A / August 13, 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S. Ambassador and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will return for a second year at Stanford. We caught up with Cousin to ask about her plans for this upcoming school year.

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Stanford researchers find warming temperatures could increase suicide rates across the U.S. and Mexico

News / July 23, 2018

Suicide rates are likely to rise as the earth warms, according to new research published July 23 in Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Stanford economist Marshall Burke, finds that projected temperature increases through 2050 could lead to an additional 21,000 suicides in the United States and Mexico.

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David Lobell Named Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment

News / July 5, 2018

The Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) is pleased to announce Professor David B. Lobell will step in as the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment Sept. 1, 2018. Lobell succeeds Rosamond L.

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Poor air quality responsible for one in five infant deaths in sub‑Saharan Africa

News / June 27, 2018

In 2015, exposure to particulate matter in sub-Saharan Africa led to 400,000 otherwise preventable infant deaths, according to a new Stanford study. The research, published this week in Nature, finds that even modest improvements in air quality could lead to substantial reductions in infant mortality in developing countries.

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