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Food and farming


Commodity Profile: Wheat

Commodity Profile: Wheat

In the first of a new series explaining how key agricultural commodities are affected by and contribute to climate change, Carbon Brief looks at whea... Read More

Food and farming | Aug 8. 2022.
Maize field with irrigation in Nebraska, USA

Electric cars sales in the US ‘could prevent one-tenth of global cropland expansion’

A faster shift to electric vehicles (EVs) in the US would avoid around 10% of the global cropland expansion expected over the next 30 years, accordin... Read More

Renewables | Jul 18. 2022.
Farmer spraying fertiliser on a field for sheep grazing in New Zealand

Q&A: What does the world’s reliance on fertilisers mean for climate change?

The invention of nitrogen fertilisers has been called “the most important invention of the 20th century”. The extra nutrients added to crops has ... Read More

Food and farming | Jul 11. 2022.
Plantation worker watches as a truck unloads freshly harvested oil palm fruit bunches at a collection point in Borneo

‘Food miles’ have larger climate impact than thought, study suggests

Global “food miles” emissions are higher than previously thought – accounting for nearly one-fifth of total food-system emissions – new resea... Read More

Food and farming | Jun 20. 2022.
Amazon rain forest clearance for agriculture in Brazil_

UN land report: Five key takeaways for climate change, food systems and nature loss

Humans have had an unprecedented impact on land – with vast consequences for climate change, food systems and biodiversity, a major new UN report c... Read More

Nature | Apr 27. 2022.
Food aid for displaced people at a camp in Angola

Using land to tackle climate change could have ‘adverse impacts’ on global hunger

Relying heavily on land use to tackle climate change could slow the decline in global hunger, according to new research published in Nature Food. ... Read More

Food and farming | Feb 24. 2022.
A farm worker picks avocados from Hoja Redonda plantation in Chincha, Peru_

Coffee, cashew and avocado growers will be ‘seriously affected’ by climate change

The growing range of three economically important crops – avocados, cashews and coffee – will undergo significant shifts under even moderate warm... Read More

Food and farming | Jan 26. 2022.
30,000 cattle at the Rocky Ford Feedyard in Colorado stir up a cloud of dust

Rich nations could see ‘double climate dividend’ by switching to plant-based foods

Adopting a more plant-based diet could give rich countries a “double climate dividend” of lower emissions and more land for capturing carbon, a n... Read More

Food and farming | Jan 10. 2022.
COP26 sign in Action Hub Blue Zone SEC Glasgow

COP26: Key outcomes for food, forests, land use and nature in Glasgow

Coming into COP26 in Glasgow, nature was expected to feature heavily at the summit – one-fourth of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s mantra of ... Read More

COP26 Glasgow | Nov 17. 2021.
Organic produce farm in Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba

Climate justice: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ in agriculture

Although often overlooked in discussions around climate policy, agriculture is beginning to earn recognition as both a driver of climate change ... Read More

Food and farming | Oct 6. 2021.

Cropped, 29 September 2021: Food Systems Summit concludes; Farmers on strike; Droughts and food prices

Welcome to Carbon Brief’s Cropped. We handpick and explain the most important stories at the intersection of climate, land, food and nature ov... Read More

Nature | Sep 30. 2021.
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