Food Systems, Agriculture, and Climate Change

A Science-Based Look at Genetically Engineered Crops

A Science-Based Look at Genetically Engineered Crops

The National Academies Press has released a report titled "Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects." Timothy Griffin, associate professor and director of Friedman's Agriculture, Food and Environment program, served on the Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops, providing his expertise related to farming productivity and environmental impacts.  Alice Lichtenstein, Friedman professor, senior scientist, and director of the HNRCA's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory provided input as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. 
Climate Change and Agriculture: Tufts Researchers Explore Changing Monsoon Patterns

Climate Change and Agriculture: Tufts Researchers Explore Changing Monsoon Patterns

Longer monsoon seasons with increased daily rainfall, aspects of climate change, are contributing to reduced tea yield in regions of China, with implications for crop management and harvesting strategies, according to findings by a global interdisciplinary team led by Tufts University researchers and published online recently in Climate.
Incentives for Healthy Eating

Incentives for Healthy Eating

A little extra purchasing power at the grocery seems to help promote better diets for people on public assistance. Very few of us eat enough fruits and vegetables, and for the more than 47 million Americans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, that number is a bit smaller still. 
Farming for Peace

Farming for Peace

For Major Jessica McCoy, V98, N05, the symbol of peace is not a dove but a chicken. Stationed in Iraq since May 2007, McCoy, an Army veterinarian, is part of a State Department-led reconstruction team whose goal is to help revive Iraq’s domestic poultry industry. If successful, Operation Chicken Run (as the project is affectionately known) will not only improve the quality of the Iraqi diet but also create jobs and promote inter-tribal cooperation, says McCoy.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and additional partners, works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. They serve and collaborate with the people, communities, and organizations in Massachusetts, the Northeast, and beyond.