New map shows 4.62 billion acres of cropland globally

Surprise! The U.S. Geological Survey has found that there’s a lot more cropland in the world than previously thought — about 15–20% more, in fact.

The agency has released a new, high-resolution global map that shows information about worldwide cropland and agricultural water use. The map is more accurate than any previous report, showing a […]

Bond, James Bond, and Food Defense

Most people would agree that British author Ian Fleming was a great writer, but few would probably expect his work to touch on protecting the food supply.

In the tenth book of his James Bond series, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Fleming has secret agent James Bond addressing Food Defense — one of three “Food”-based […]

Scientists create genetic resource to improve wheat plants

A collection of wheat seeds with more than 10 million sequenced and carefully cataloged genetic mutations is now freely available to wheat breeders and researchers around the world. The resource is already aiding in the development of wheat plants with improved traits and according to scientists, will greatly accelerate the study of gene functions in […]

Food security: It’s in the soil

To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultural models that estimate crop yield, or how much of a crop can be produced in a certain amount of space. These models take into account factors including climate and weather variability, irrigation, fertilizer, and soil type.

A new study published in […]

Science: Faulty ‘best by’ dates drive up food waste

When it comes to judging if the food in your refrigerator is still safe to eat, many turn to the “best by,” or “use by” date stamps usually found on food packaging. Some experts are saying, however, these labels fail to communicate meaningful information and may be contributing to the huge environmental problem of food […]

Drones help farmers deal with natural disasters

In an effort to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the government of the Philippines and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and to quickly assess […]

Scientists net virus behind massive tilapia die-offs

An international team of researchers has identified a new virus that attacks wild and farmed tilapia, an important source of inexpensive protein for the world’s food supply.

In work published recently in mBio, the team showed that the Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) was the culprit behind mass tilapia die-offs that occurred in Ecuador and Israel […]

Insects for dinner? Scientists propose idea to improve food security

In an effort to improve food availability and nutrition, scientists in Kenya are suggesting adding insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars and termites, to their citizens’ daily diet.

Dr. Sunday Ekesi, a principal scientist at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), said in a recent article that there are more than 2,000 […]

Robots: The farmers of the future?

A Japanese lettuce production business has developed the world’s first farm operated exclusively by robots. The company bases its business model on finding new ways to overcome the challenges of providing food for a growing world population through efficient food production, as well as addressing issues such as shortage of fresh water, extreme weather effects […]

Report: Number chronically hungry down, but still substantial

Approximately 26 million less people around the world suffered from chronic hunger from 2011-2013 compared to those from 2010-2012, according to an article by the World Food Program.

Defined as “not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives,” the article states that chronic hunger affected roughly 842 million people between 2011 and 2013, […]