Food & Agriculture Stories
How do we feed a growing and more affluent population without the environmental collateral damage? The Anthropocene’s coverage of food and agriculture digs deep into innovations in farming, aquaculture, filling the global protein gap, reducing the carbon footprint of supply chains, and more.
These countries have reached ‘peak meat’
Above $40,000 GDP per capita, several countries seem to make a voluntary shift away from meat, a new analysis finds.
An overlooked opportunity for kelp farms to double as pollution cleanup sites
Macroalgae get a lot of attention for absorbing carbon. But a new study shows that select species are better at cleaning up nitrogen than carbon.
Now, ammonia disappears in sewage. It could be repurposed as a revolutionary green fertilizer.
A new analysis shows that a technology called ‘air-stripping’ produces 5 to 10 times less greenhouse gas emissions than the Haber-Bosch process—at a far lower cost.
A novel look at the global footprint of food uncovers some eye-opening insights
For example, almost half of all environmental pressures from food production come from just five countries.
A vicious cycle of cows, disease, and climate change
Livestock welfare will be key in helping us reign in emissions
Saltwater Aquaculture Moves Inland
Improved technology could give fish farms a sustainable foothold far from the ocean
To protect forests, sequester carbon, and produce protein, consider mushrooms on trees
New research weighs up the potential of mycoforestry: The only form of protein production that actually sequesters carbon
Halving air pollution could yield up to 25% more food
By connecting satellite data on crop greenness and nitrogen dioxide levels, researchers have uncovered an enormous untapped opportunity to boost crop yields and clear the air.
The veiny structure of a spinach leaf could be the perfect scaffold for lab-grown meat
Decellularized spinach leaves are also a greener alternative to many current scaffolds for cultured beef
A crop-by-crop comparison of urban vs conventional farms yields turns up some surprising results
A first-of-its-kind meta-analysis of urban farms in 53 countries suggests that city plots can produce up to 4 times more food than conventional ones.