Plants

Opinion | Does More Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Mean Higher Crop Yield?

Our global capacity to achieve food security will strongly depend on how crops and agroecosystems will be impacted by climate change. Unfortunately, rising levels of atmospheric CO2 will have more negative than positive effects on our food systems.

How Native American Diets Benefit From Tucson’s Indigenous Seed Bank

In Tucson, Arizona, the nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH maintains a ‘library’ full of heritage seeds indigenous to the Southwestern US and Mexico. Several distribution programs return these seeds to Native Americans who historically incorporated the crops in their daily diets.

Greening Uganda: Restoring Native Forest Cover To Increase Local Resilience

The Native Seeds Project is providing local farmers and refugee communities with sustainable nutrition and increasing their resilience to climate change.

Alfalfa, Queen of Forages: Reconquering the Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

Alfalfa, “queen of forages,” a high-yielding crop with high nutritional quality, could make a big difference in the lives of the rural folk that carve out a living in Inner Mongolia.

World Soil Day: Soil Health is Key to Environmental and Human Health

“Land and soils constitute the foundation for sustainable agricultural development, essential ecosystem functions, and food security,” according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “They are key to sustaining life on Earth.”

Opinion | Cutting Waste & Keeping Food Fresh with Packaging Made from Plants

“New innovative plant-based packaging materials are finally catching up, bridging the gap between consumer demand and business practicality.”

15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes

Edible perennials make parks and backyards more beautiful, ecologically resilient, and productive. These 15 organizations are creating edible landscapes around the world.

Sustainable Gardening Benefits Environment, Gardeners, and Consumers: Interview with Shane Tippett

A creative partnership between Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Kroger brings sustainable, organic gardening methods and hunger relief to a community in need.

A New Breed of Plant-Based Protein Aims to Compete on Meat-Centric Menus

The Beyond Burger, a new plant-based burger, has won fans from both vegetarian and vegan eaters as well as traditional meat eaters.
At the Butchers Club in Hong Kong, this new trend suggests a growing market for plant-based protein on traditionally meat-centric menus.

Digging Deeper: Annie’s Connects their Products to Healthy Soil

Annie’s unveils new programs in regenerative agriculture for improving soil health, fighting climate change, and connecting customers to the source of their food.