State of the Planet

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sustainable agriculture

  • The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    In the United States—and throughout the world—there is potential for a transformation of agricultural practices to make them more efficient and less polluting.

  • Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

    Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

    A new Earth Institute primer lays out the basics of achieving sustainable agriculture on a global scale.

  • Climate Change Is Destroying Honey Production in Kyrgyzstan

    Climate Change Is Destroying Honey Production in Kyrgyzstan

    The loss of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan is having a devastating impact on water supply for farmers and wildflower pastures, imperiling the country’s renowned honey industry.

  • Interwoven: A Speaker Series Talk on Equitable Relationships Between Land and People

    Interwoven: A Speaker Series Talk on Equitable Relationships Between Land and People

    A guest speaker introduced students to the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust and its work to secure land tenure for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers.

  • Urban Farms: Growing Community Across the Five Boroughs

    Urban Farms: Growing Community Across the Five Boroughs

    While urban agriculture is often praised for promoting sustainable growing techniques, one of its most important qualities is its encouragement of social connections and civic engagement.

  • Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

    Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

    A new study finds that coffee farmers could be better off financially if they used shade-growing practices for part of their production.

  • Building Regenerative Local Food Systems

    Building Regenerative Local Food Systems

    On April 27, 2017, the Earth Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Agriculture and Food Security Center and the Columbia Water Center presented the third annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture, on Building Regenerative Food Systems.

  • Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Individuals and institutions are becoming increasingly concerned about the social and environmental impacts and the broader societal ramifications associated with conventional agricultural systems. In response, many are acting to bring into view a brighter future that is capable of satisfying a long list of criteria that define sustainable agriculture.

  • Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

    Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

    To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.

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  • The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    In the United States—and throughout the world—there is potential for a transformation of agricultural practices to make them more efficient and less polluting.

  • Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

    Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

    A new Earth Institute primer lays out the basics of achieving sustainable agriculture on a global scale.

  • Climate Change Is Destroying Honey Production in Kyrgyzstan

    Climate Change Is Destroying Honey Production in Kyrgyzstan

    The loss of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan is having a devastating impact on water supply for farmers and wildflower pastures, imperiling the country’s renowned honey industry.

  • Interwoven: A Speaker Series Talk on Equitable Relationships Between Land and People

    Interwoven: A Speaker Series Talk on Equitable Relationships Between Land and People

    A guest speaker introduced students to the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust and its work to secure land tenure for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers.

  • Urban Farms: Growing Community Across the Five Boroughs

    Urban Farms: Growing Community Across the Five Boroughs

    While urban agriculture is often praised for promoting sustainable growing techniques, one of its most important qualities is its encouragement of social connections and civic engagement.

  • Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

    Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

    A new study finds that coffee farmers could be better off financially if they used shade-growing practices for part of their production.

  • Building Regenerative Local Food Systems

    Building Regenerative Local Food Systems

    On April 27, 2017, the Earth Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Agriculture and Food Security Center and the Columbia Water Center presented the third annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture, on Building Regenerative Food Systems.

  • Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Individuals and institutions are becoming increasingly concerned about the social and environmental impacts and the broader societal ramifications associated with conventional agricultural systems. In response, many are acting to bring into view a brighter future that is capable of satisfying a long list of criteria that define sustainable agriculture.

  • Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

    Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

    To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.