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Viewpoint: Public investment in farming technology could cut land use by 63 thousand square miles—'about the size of Iowa’

Viewpoint: Public investment in farming technology could cut land use by 63 thousand square miles—’about the size of Iowa’

Using existing research on the relationship between R&D and productivity and SIMPLE, a global economic model of agriculture, we find ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s burdensome animal gene-editing rules hinder innovation. USDA takeover could spur progress

Viewpoint: FDA’s burdensome animal gene-editing rules hinder innovation. USDA takeover could spur progress

Emma Kovak | Breakthrough Institute | 
Over the last two months, USDA made two revolutionary moves regarding the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) animals: to take ...
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Want fewer pandemics? Intensify agriculture to combat hunger—the root cause of disease spread

Alex Smith | Breakthrough Institute | 
A number of activists and opinion writers have recently argued that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be traced ...
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Land use for meat production slashed by 140 million hectares since 2000. Intensive agriculture could keep the decline going

Pastureland is by far the single largest human land use on the planet. Globally, we use twice as much land ...

Viewpoint: Intensive agriculture is the only way to sustainably feed the world

Ted Nordhaus | Breakthrough Institute | 
[In December], the World Resources Institute (WRI) released a comprehensive study embracing agricultural intensification as the only way to simultaneously close what ...
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‘Ecomodern Eating’: Why agricultural productivity and innovation are key to sustainable food and farming

Sunday, April 22nd, marked nearly 50 years since millions of people gathered for the first Earth Day. Their celebration raised awareness ...
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100% organic farming would require ‘Australia-sized amount of extra land’ due to lower yields, no synthetic fertilizer

Organic farming, which prohibits the use of synthetic fertilizers, is often touted as the solution to many of agriculture’s environmental ...
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Would switching to organic farming cut greenhouse gas emissions?

A new study, led by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, gives the impression that a large-scale shift to organic farming ...
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Viewpoint: Meatless meat could be next environment-saving breakthrough

Dan Blaustein-Rejto | Breakthrough Institute | 
[Editor's note: Dan Blaustein-Rejto is a food and agriculture analyst at the Breakthrough Institute. He holds a Master’s in public policy from ...
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Biodiversity on the farm: It’s more complicated than you might think

[Editor's note: William Price is a statistician in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho ...

How we can preserve biodiversity while maintaining agricultural yields, meet nutritional demands

[Editor's note: Claire Kremen is a professor of conservation biology at University of California, Berkeley, where she also co-directs the Center for Diversified ...
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Quest for higher yields is enemy of biodiversity on farms — both conventional and organic

What kind of agriculture most benefits biodiversity? In recent years, few questions have animated conservationists and land-use scientists more than ...
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Making meat sustainable: ‘Intensive’ livestock farms more ecological than the ‘natural’ alternative

Marian Swain | Breakthrough Institute | 
As global demand for meat grows, the environmental “hoofprint” of livestock production could grow, too. Demand-side strategies are unlikely to ...
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Breakthrough Institute: Outdated romantic notions of farming crippling innovation

Ted Nordhaus | Breakthrough Institute | 
Since the dawn of agriculture, humans have been converting forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems to farmland. The long-term conversion of ...

A world without GMO crops poses greater risks

Emily Calandrelli | Breakthrough Institute | 
Despite the endorsements from scientific organizations and the hundreds of studies showing no adverse environmental or human health effects from ...
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