Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes

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By Andy Dyer / On April 3rd, 2018

Gene banks and seed vaults are saving and protecting crop seeds and the genetic diversity within crops, crop races, and some closely related species. There are some 1,700 gene and seed banks in the world with perhaps the most well-known being the...

By Katharine Sucher / On March 16th, 2018

By 2050 we will have ten billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. How we meet this challenge will be the difference between food abundance and shortage, environmental preservation or destruction, and even life and...

By Jessica Eise / On March 15th, 2018

Two and a half years ago, an idea for a book took shadowy form in the recesses of my mind. I envisioned tapping into the brilliant brains around me. Drawing them out of the depths of their academic morass, I would coax them into sharing their knowledge...

By Katharine Sucher / On January 12th, 2018

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. Gillam explores...

By Laurie Mazur / On October 23rd, 2017

An in-depth look at how urban gardening is hoping to heal divisions that have plagued Milwaukee—and our nation as a whole

By Michael S. Carolan / On September 25th, 2017

Living a day in the life of a strawberry picker can open your eyes to those who toil, often invisibly, so we can eat

By Katharine Sucher / On August 24th, 2017

It can seem like every news story spells bad news for the environment—from the ongoing clean water crisis in Flint, Michigan to Earth's...

By Katharine Sucher / On July 28th, 2017

For food lovers and supporters of sustainable agriculture, you can't beat Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This oft-overlooked Midwesten gem is memorable for more than just its cheese—it also boasts 177 community gardens, 30 farms, and 26 farmers' markets (more per...

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On July 24th, 2017

Maine’s new law allowing cities to set local food rules shows how smart food laws can unshackle small producers and lead to a more sustainable food system.

By Katharine Sucher / On June 20th, 2017

In a political age of "alternative facts," we need defenders of science to speak up now more than ever. We spoke with toxicologist Emily Monosson, author of ...

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