Paraguay grains ships cut loads, face delays as river levels drop

Grains ships and vessels transporting other products on the Paraguay River are loading at around half capacity due to a historic drought that has hit river levels in the South American region, hurting trade of key agricultural commodities.

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Plant pandemics threaten future food supply

Plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems, and global predictive disease modeling are necessary to mitigate future disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, according to a team of researchers.


Plant pandemics and how they could endanger our food supply

In PNAS commentary, experts say we need better ways to detect, track and stop outbreaks of such diseases.

Angelina Jolie embraces bees—and female beekeepers as environmental guardians

Jolie was inspired by different visions: of bees as an indispensable pillar of our food supply— under threat from parasites, pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change—and of a global network of women who will be trained to protect them.

Seed monopolies: Who controls the world′s food supply?

Seed laws criminalizing farmers for using diverse crops that stand a better chance of adapting to climate change are threatening food security. Seed sovereignty activists want to reclaim the right to plant.

The shady practices that plague global fishing

From setting up shell companies to using tax havens, the owners of fishing vessels employ extreme measures to hide their identities.

Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for COVID-19

In documents dating to 2006, government officials warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them, and now nearly every one of the predictions has come true.

The struggles of sustainable farming

If you're paying $1 for lettuce, somebody's being exploited. So is the environment.

The coronavirus crisis will lead to “catastrophic” hunger

Arif Husain, of the World Food Programme, describes how the coronavirus pandemic will worsen hunger and food insecurity around the world.

California is the nation's ag capital. Here's how it's addressing the food crisis

We spoke to Karen Ross, head of the state’s food and ag agency, about supporting farmers, connecting to food banks, and meeting the bottom line for feeding the state.

Bill Schubart: Building a regional food supply system out of the pandemic

Vermonters turning in greater numbers to their neighbors for food and local farmers are seeing an upsurge in direct local buyers.

A burst of home-grown food, farming, in Alaska

The coronavirus pandemic underscores Alaska's vulnerability to food disruptions, renewing calls for local agriculture and inspiring residents to get down in the dirt.

Why meatpacking plants have become COVID-19 hot spots

Frigid temperatures, cramped conditions, and long hours put meat processing workers at higher risk for contracting the novel coronavirus.

Locusts in Africa: New, massive swarms invade Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia

A second infestation of locusts has taken flight, and experts fear a third could arrive during the year’s most crucial harvest, causing calamitous food shortages.

Coronavirus: Food supply chains 'need a rethink'

A food shortage after the Covid-19 crisis should see local produce prioritised, an academic says.
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