WRI President Jonathan Lash previews the key environmental issues to watch in 2011.
Update from the star-studded launch of a new chain of sustainable restaurants.
Credit: EarthTrends, 2006 using data from FAO, 2006
The cost of grain-based staples–such as tortillas in Mexico, beef noodles in western China, and bread in the United States--has increased around the world. There are several reasons why prices have jumped, but there’s one getting a lot of attention: the global rush for bioenergy.
Skyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world's largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.
This report provides a new approach to examining the links between ecosystem services (the benefits derived from nature) and the poor.
A "green" transformation is currently sprouting in the food and agriculture industry in many parts of the world.
The PAGE Agroecosystems study analyzed qualitative and quantitative indicators of the condition of the world's agroecosystems in terms of the delivery of a number of key goods and services valued by society.
If the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change were ratified by the U.S. Senate and a national program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions put in place, some studies have suggested that American farmers would suffer dire economic consequences.
Biodiversity is a fundamental basis for agricultural production and food security, as well as a valuable ingredient of environmental conservation.
The world's farmers face a major challenge achieving food security for 5.7 billion people while producing crops sustainably.
Although the notion of sustainable agriculture is attracting considerable interest, little information has been available for evaluating current levels of agricultral sustainability in the United States or the policy options that will best promote it.
This report summarizes forest and crop damage in the United States and Europe, examines the evidence connecting it to air pollution, and recommends that emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and hydrocarbons be significantly reduced and non-fossil energy sources introduced.