Food Systems, Agriculture, and Climate Change

Friedman at AAEA

Friedman at AAEA

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics. About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2023 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington DC at the Marriott Marquis, July 23-25, 2023. The Annual Meeting is made up of Invited Paper Sessions, Invited Case Study Papers, Organized Symposia, Selected Presentation Lightning Sessions, Selected Presentations, and Track Sessions.
Seaweed Farming for Food Security

Seaweed Farming for Food Security

Researchers at the Friedman School see significant income-boosting potential in the sustainable superfood
Erin Coughlan de Perez Leads New Study on Effects of Extreme Temperatures Impacting Wheat Yields

Erin Coughlan de Perez Leads New Study on Effects of Extreme Temperatures Impacting Wheat Yields

New Research Suggests Wheat Crops May Be Threatened by Unprecedented Heat and Drought A new study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University shows the likelihood of extreme weather in wheat-producing areas of the U.S. and China has increased significantly.
Professor Rachel Cheatham Explores the Future of Food in "Tell Me More" Podcast

Professor Rachel Cheatham Explores the Future of Food in "Tell Me More" Podcast

Foods of the Future In a Tell Me More podcast, experts predict that tomorrow’s meals will marry familiar favorites with radically new ingredients. In this episode of the Tell Me More podcast, we look ahead to the foods of the future. The experts say our meals might not look that different from what we have today—the familiar burger on a bun, for example, doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere soon—but the ingredients may be completely new. 
Fang Fang Zhang shares insights on ultraprocessed foods in NPR article

Fang Fang Zhang shares insights on ultraprocessed foods in NPR article

This morning, while tidying up my office, I found an open box of packaged coconut and chocolate cookies that I'd bought sometime last year. The "use by" date had come and gone more than eight months ago. Curious, I took a small bite. They still tasted pretty darn good. A closer look at the ingredient list revealed some things I've certainly never baked with, including carrageenan and sorbitan tristearate, additives used to do things like thicken, emulsify and preserve the flavor and enhance the texture of food.
Will Masters featured in Marketplace article discussing grocery inflation and higher energy costs

Will Masters featured in Marketplace article discussing grocery inflation and higher energy costs

The price of food has been one of the driving forces behind inflation over the last couple of years. In March, however, food prices overall stayed pretty flat. The price of groceries dropped slightly from the month before for the first time in almost two years. The price of eating at restaurants, though, went up. For a while, grocery prices had risen notably faster than restaurant prices. But not anymore. Why?
Trisha Pérez Kennealy and Mike Kennealy Invest in Future of Farming Through Support of Friedman School Program

Trisha Pérez Kennealy and Mike Kennealy Invest in Future of Farming Through Support of Friedman School Program

Food, family, and community are motivating forces for Trisha Pérez Kennealy, the founder and owner of The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts, and chair of the Friedman School’s Board of Advisors. A commitment to sustainable small-scale agriculture has long been a guiding principle of the inn’s restaurant, which features fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats from nearby farms on its menu.
NPQ reports on Black Co-op Farms in the Mississippi Delta

NPQ reports on Black Co-op Farms in the Mississippi Delta

NPQ and Frontline Solutions have published an article discussing the Mississppi Delta region and the challeges currently being faced by Black farmers in securing the region's food market. 
Friedman Students Attend Global Climate Summit

Friedman Students Attend Global Climate Summit

Tufts students describe inspiring moments and slow progress at the U.N. conference in Egypt
FMI and The Friedman School Build on White House Conference

FMI and The Friedman School Build on White House Conference

The Food Industry Association along with the The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy hosted a gathering, the Food Industry Collective: Commitments in Action, as a way to join leaders and experts of varying sectors within food and nutrition.  The gathering provided an opportunity to discuss solutions and actionable initiatives to end hunger, while strengthening nutrition and reducing diet-related disease.