agriculture

Blog entry | Mar 22 2017
Did you know that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But did you also know that only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh (doesn’t contain salt), and only 1 percent of that water is accessible to people? Water...
Blog entry | Mar 07 2017
From the unseasonably warm weather, to the Washington Wizards actually having a chance at the championship, to that dollar I found the other day, March has been full of surprises. But even more of a surprise is that the Environmental Working Group (...
Blog entry | Feb 22 2017
As food producers aim to provide a secure and reliable supply of food for the growing public, food biotechnology advances are evolving fast. Genetically modified food resources are helping farmers, food manufacturers, and companies produce safe,...
Blog entry | Feb 09 2017
I am woman, hear me roar … about science! If you haven’t heard, women are pioneers in the world of science. To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to shine a light on some women we see continuing this great legacy,...
Blog entry | Dec 08 2016
Modern food production uses various technologies to ensure that our food supply yields safe and environmentally friendly foods. "Genetically engineered" foods, also known as "genetically modified" foods or GMOs, are safe for consumption, and this...
Blog entry | Nov 18 2016
As the world’s population grows, the need to provide food for all people will intensify the conversation about food security. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of State, global food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 in...
Blog entry | Nov 17 2016
This week, self-proclaimed consumer product “experts” released a report that examined the residue presence of glyphosate, an herbicide that is widely used by growers (as it is the main ingredient in many commercial weed-killers, such as Roundup), in...
Blog entry | Oct 11 2016
When it comes to pesticides, there is a lot of debate in the media about what is true and what is false. Once and for all, let's debunk some of the most common myths about pesticides. Pesticides: Myths vs. Reality from Food Insight
Blog entry | Sep 22 2016
Soil degradation is a growing problem throughout the world, and an important topic for our times as it affects the food we eat every day. In fact, in August, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) “ … announced a nationwide...
Blog entry | Aug 24 2016
Twitter users often use #FF (short for "Follow Friday") to highlight people they think their followers should follow as well. Today, though, I’m using #FF for "Follow Farmers." When I first started to explore agriculture a few years ago, I was...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
A group of California farmers did the unexpected this year: They beat their water conservation goals. In spite of an ongoing drought and scorching temperatures, Western farmers continue to produce food, while also cutting their water use. How is...
Blog entry | Jun 14 2016
Oh, sweet summertime. These long, hot days are the perfect chance to enjoy cool, refreshing fruits and vegetables. They keep you hydrated, are chock full of vitamins and are, of course, delicious. Pineapple. Watermelon. Strawberries. I could go on....
Blog entry | May 31 2016
Fourth in an occasional series. (See part one, part two and part three.) For Brian Scott, a row crop farmer in Indiana, self-driving cars aren’t all that futuristic sounding. “They’re very cool, but farmers have been able to let their tractors drive...
Blog entry | May 31 2016
For years, the debate over the safety of genetically engineered crops (or genetically modified organisms or GMOS) has come down to one statement: the science isn’t there. Yesterday, the science was delivered. According to a report published...
Blog entry | Apr 12 2016
It’s that time of year- The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list today. The list features twelve fruits and veggies that EWG says have the “highest pesticide loads.” In actuality, the report features a lot of...

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