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Will I be able to get fries with that? A new approach for answering life’s big questions about the future of food

Posted by David Gustafson | October 22, 2021
It’s been a long, hot, dry, fiery, smoky summer in much of the American West. That’s where the U.S. gets most of its fruits and…

Would you lease your water rights? The devil is in the details

Posted by Nicole Bell | October 5, 2021
Climate change is expected to alter both the availability and demand for water. In the western United States, roughly 80% of surface water is allocated…

Bet-Hedging with Cover Crop Mixtures

Posted by Andrew McGuire | September 28, 2021
What do weeds and gamblers in Las Vegas have in common? They both manage the risk of unpredictable outcomes through a strategy called bet-hedging. Could…

Here’s the Dirt on Carbon Sequestration Potential in Cropland Soils

Posted by Nicole Bell | September 20, 2021
In this era with record-setting temperatures multiple years in a row, scientists are looking for methods to sequester carbon to slow the process of climate…

Buckwheat and Phosphorus

Posted by Andrew McGuire | September 13, 2021
I once grew buckwheat in town between our sidewalk and the street. It got a lot of looks from passersby and one lady even knocked…

What Can We Learn from the ‘Pacific Northwest Heat Dome’ of 2021?

Posted by Nicole Bell | July 30, 2021
It wasn’t just hot in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) during the last week of June. It was extraordinarily hot. Temperatures at Oregon State University’s North…

Crop Diversity is Not the Cause

Posted by Andrew McGuire | July 19, 2021
I previously covered reasons why the results of many biodiversity studies do not apply to agriculture. Here, I want to emphasize a related issue: how…

How Do Grocery and Meal Kit Deliveries Impact the Carbon Footprint of Our Food?

Posted by Nicole Bell | July 1, 2021
I explored opportunities to reduce environmental impact related to food preparation and food waste in previous Perspectives on Sustainability articles. However, transportation in the food…

Waste a Lot, Warm a Lot – Reducing Food Waste is Part of Climate-Friendly Eating

Posted by Nicole Bell | May 27, 2021
While many scientists, producers, and consumers recognize the importance of quantifying the carbon footprint of agriculture, most efforts focus on on-farm activities. The journey food…

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fryer: Climate Mitigation Opportunities for French Fries

Posted by Nicole Bell | May 5, 2021
Efforts to quantify the carbon footprint of agriculture are often focused on the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from on-farm activities, mostly from fertilizer production and…
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