Without healthy soil there can be no food. And without any food there can be no life.
That’s the message of an opinion piece by Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, that recently ran on the global development website Devex.
Conservation measures and climate-smart agriculture got a boost last week with the announcement of a $1.2 million investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund a robotic irrigation system at CFAES.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the announcement during a Dec. 10 visit to the CFAES Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Pictured at a town hall meeting during the visit are, from left to right, CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress; Terry Crosby, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; Vilsack; and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
Fighting food waste is yet another front in the CFAES purpose of “We Sustain Life.”
The focus of the next breakfast program by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network, set to be offered both in person and virtually on Jan. 18, is sustainable investing.
Planetizen, Dec. 8; cites research by Wuyang Hu, CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Explaining the value of misshapen vegetables—that they are as healthful as their picture-perfect counterparts and that buying them helps reduce food waste—could help improve sales of “ugly” produce, suggests a new study whose senior author is a researcher with CFAES.
Read the Ohio State News story.