Farmers in Northern Plains Brace For Drought

Farmers in Northern Plains Brace For Drought

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought.  Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]

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Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Women have played an integral role in agriculture since its beginnings, but now only 14% of the world’s land is owned by women.  Experts say that gender inequity is an obstacle in optimizing climate mitigation through better land-use practices..  Despite women representing more than half of all people who almost exclusively on land and […]

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Wild Variants of Popular Crops Under Threat of Extinction

Wild Variants of Popular Crops Under Threat of Extinction

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While humans have been domesticating crops for the past 10,000 years, we also need wild variants of the crops we cultivate as they have traits that make them more resistant to disease and resilient to environmental changes. We can breed these traits into our domesticated crops. But a new […]

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Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer One of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis is literally under our feet: revitalizing soil removes carbon from the atmosphere, no high-tech gadgetry needed. Plants store carbon in the soil through photosynthesis and by pushing out carbon-based sugars through their roots. That stored carbon is like a […]

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Dietary Guidelines Influenced By Food and Beverage Industry

Dietary Guidelines Influenced By Food and Beverage Industry

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The national Dietary Guidelines for America set standards for what food gets produced and consumed, but it’s influenced by big food corporations — to the detriment of Americans’ health. The latest set of guidelines was released at the very end of 2020 after five years of work. As Civil […]

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Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer When you break down how land in the U.S. gets used, acre by acre, almost half of the country is dedicated to livestock.  Add up the space used for pasture and grazing plus the agricultural land used to grow livestock feed crops, and 41% of the country is dedicated […]

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