Food and Farming

Video: Wildlife and Food Production on Farmland

In a new essay in The Future of Food series, Breakthrough's Linus Blomqvist unpacks the trade-offs that arise between agricultural productivity and farmland biodiversity. While opportunities do exist to make more room for wildlife on high-yield farms, it remains essential to think globally when it comes to food production and conservation. 

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Food Production and Wildlife on Farmland

Can We Have It All?

What kind of agriculture most benefits biodiversity? In recent years, few questions have animated conservationists and land-use scientists more than this one. Rightly so: agricultural expansion and intensification are leading causes of wildlife declines and habitat loss, and with rising demand for agricultural products, pressures are set to mount even further.

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Responses: The Future of Meat

Maureen Ogle, Jayson Lusk, Judith Capper, Simon Hall, and Alison Van Eenennaam Respond to Breakthrough Essay

As part of Breakthrough's Future of Food series, we have invited experts on food, farming, livestock, and resource use to respond to and critique our research essays. We hope this will be the starting point for an inclusive, productive, and exciting new conversation about twenty-first century food systems. You can read the responses to our Future of Meat essay below.

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Responses: Is Precision Agriculture the Way to Peak Cropland?

Calestous Juma and Mark Lynas Respond to Breakthrough Essay

As part of Breakthrough's Future of Food series, we have invited experts on food, farming, livestock, and resource use to respond to and critique our research essays. We hope this will be the starting point for an inclusive, productive, and exciting new conversation about twenty-first century food systems. You can read the responses to Linus Blomqvist and David Douglas's essay on precision agriculture below.

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Video: The Future of Meat

In the latest essay for our Future of Food series, Marian Swain details how modern, intensive livestock production can offer environmental efficiencies compared to traditional, lower-input systems As global demand for meat grows, the environmental “hoofprint” of livestock production could grow, too. In a world where billions of people want meat on their plates, it will be crucial to leverage the efficiency of intensive systems to meet demand and minimize environmental harm.

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The Future of Meat

An Outlook on Omnivorism and the Environmental “Hoofprint” of Livestock

Each year, humanity produces more than 310 million tonnes of meat. That entails raising and slaughtering billions of chickens, pigs, and cows and processing and distributing meat all over the world. The sheer volume of global livestock generates massive environmental impacts. Pasture land for cattle alone covers a quarter of the world’s land area, and the global livestock sector is responsible for about 14% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

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Food and farming

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