Fixing food and farming with a true-cost economy

September 13, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Brent Blackwelder Pending farm legislation in Congress could eliminate food stamps ($80 billion worth of support per year) for families in need, while increasing subsidies for very large farm operations. Programs to promote stewardship […]

Perceptions of food security, fragility and resilience

February 22, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Misha Lepetich A recent food security panel held by Columbia University’s Earth Institute hosted a rich discussion about a wide range of food security matters. But it is important to look at not just the very […]

What is resilience and why does it matter?

February 22, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler Put simply resilience is the ability of a system to absorb shock and carry on performing the function that it was designed to do. The system can be anything from global supply […]

Horsemeat and the resilience of food supply chains

February 10, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler As the horsemeat scandal gallops on apace and we learn that as well as worrying about the amount of sugar in meat products we are also to be concerned about their Shergar […]

A tale of two storms: fragility and resilience in the food supply of New York

November 30, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Thomas Forster In the wake of severe weather events that struck New York City and the region around it from tropical storm Irene in August 2011, and just now from hurricane Sandy in 2012, […]

The world’s shrinking food basket: why it is critical we increase crop diversity

October 5, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Michelle Kovacevic In the 1970’s a fungal blight outbreak ravaged cornfields across the United States, destroying 50 percent of the country’s maize crops and shaking the stock market as the most economically devastating field […]

Population pressures: the species that ate itself to extinction?

August 19, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Jeremy Bugler Ancient philosophers may have mused about how many angels could stand on the top of a pin. The modern question is how many people should stand on the planet, for its health […]

Just-in-time production is too brittle for our unstable world

June 10, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Samir Jeraj The ‘Just in Time’ model has become more and more popular around the globe as transport and communications technology has improved. However, two recent crises affecting the UK, the Icelandic ash cloud […]

Climate, food and the connectivity paradox

June 4, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Mark Notaras At the most basic level, climate changes that cause world surface temperatures to rise are rooted in increased fossil emissions in the atmosphere. Total fossil fuel emissions are a function of key […]

Food security and planetary boundaries

April 19, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler Dr John Ingram of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) investigates the interactions between food security and the environmental boundaries that we must operate within to live sustainably. The ‘planetary boundaries’ concept […]

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