Agriculture

A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.

Small Farms, Big Pollution

Don’t abandon big agriculture, make it work (even) better.

Food market in Mexico City

Biden’s ‘America First’ Policies Are Spreading Global Pain

Like its blatant vaccine nationalism, the administration’s unchecked stimulus policies are hurting the world—especially the global poor.

Soybeans are harvested

Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

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India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

The country’s rural Dalits are already exploited—and know it can get worse.

Farmers and workers from the Shiromani Akali Dal party protest against agriculture reforms in Amritsar, India, on Oct. 1, 2020.

India’s Rich Farmers Are Holding Up Reforms Designed to Help the Poor

Don’t listen to the activists. Millions of Indian farmers will benefit from Modi’s new laws.

Farmers take part in a tractor rally as they continue to demonstrate against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms in New Delhi on Jan. 26.

India’s Green Revolution Sowed the Seeds of Today’s Meltdown

Farmers are protesting against more than Modi’s agricultural laws. They’ll keep going until he understands that.

After waiting for hours, Nazir Ahmad Kondoo rows his boat toward other fishermen on Anchar Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Feb. 16.

The Last Fishermen of Kashmir

Once teeming lakes are fast disappearing and with them, a lucrative career for tens of thousands of people in the region.

Displaced Yemenis receive food aid donated by a British organization in Yemen's western  province of Hodeida on Feb. 9.

Hunger Is a Weapon of War. Food Can Help Prevent It.

As the ongoing conflict in Yemen shows, it’s time to fight starvation not only on humanitarian grounds but as an essential component of military and foreign policy.

A woman looks at a newly formed crack in a walkway after a storm in Bargny, a fishing village in Senegal, on Sept. 18, 2020.

In West Africa, Climate Change Equals Conflict

The region is the poster child for insecurities already brought on by global warming.

Activists of the United Hindu Front hold pictures of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg Are Taking on India’s Modi

Global celebrities are helping Indians to fight their government’s crackdown on dissent.

A Syrian child carries food through a muddy camp

No Bread, No Peace

National security experts need to put food back on the table as a core issue.

Farmers shout as they block a highway during a protest at the Singhu border near New Delhi on Dec. 18.

Why India’s Farmers Won’t Stop Protesting

Agriculture’s importance for the labor market cannot be underestimated—especially amid a historic pandemic.

Naseemo Kaur (left) shouts slogans during a protest in the Moag area of Punjab, India, on Oct. 1.

India’s Farmers Come Out in Force Against Modi

New agriculture laws are making a desperate situation more dire. 

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The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald’s Peace Theory

In the rich, lazy, and happy 1990s, Americans imagined a world that could be just like them.

Dan Moss, of the National Potato Council, shortly before joining U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 23, 2019.

Trump’s Trade Wars Have Made Bad Agriculture Policies Worse

From suffering U.S. farmers to the pain inflicted on the developing world, everything about U.S. agriculture policy is dysfunctional. The next administration can do better.

A man holds his child inside a malnutrition ward supported by the World Food Programme at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 10.

A U.N. Agency Lauded for Its Work Faces a Funding Shortage

The World Food Program will need more than a Nobel Prize to feed the millions who are newly food-insecure.

A farm worker fertilizes wheat at Ivordale Farm outside Harare, Zimbabwe, on Aug. 1, 2018.

Don’t Give Zimbabwe’s Government Aid Until It Gets Serious About Land Reform

Land reform isn’t just about compensating white farmers whose land was expropriated. It must secure the property rights of Black farmers, too.

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