Tag: Agriculture

An Unnatural Disaster: How the Government Helped White Americans Steal Black Farmland

Last year, Congress passed debt relief for anyone from a “socially disadvantaged group” who had certain types of loans with or guaranteed by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Before the Agriculture Department disbursed any of the money, a Florida judge froze the program in response to a lawsuit brought by a white farmer backed by […]

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How the Government Helped White Americans Steal Black Farmland

Last year, Congress passed debt relief for anyone from a “socially disadvantaged group” who had certain types of loans with or guaranteed by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Before the Agriculture Department disbursed any of the money, a Florida judge froze the program in response to a lawsuit brought by a white farmer backed by […]

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It’s Time to Scale Up Regenerative Farming

A half-decade ago, Nick DiDomenico’s parents bought a small property north of Boulder, Colorado. They handed a dilapidated house and 14 acres over to him to help fulfill his dream of becoming an organic farmer. Nick gave the farm an appealing name, Elk Run. But in fact the prairie land was horribly degraded. Its topsoil […]

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AI delivers real-time data for smarter farming

Precision agriculture is all about smarter farming — using technology to help farmers use less to grow more. For example, thanks to remote and smart sensors, drones, GPS sensors and guidance technologies, farms can use less water, land, herbicides and insecticides. The precision farming market is expected to grow from $8.5 billion this year to […]

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Five MIT PhD students awarded 2022 J-WAFS fellowships for water and food solutions

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) recently announced the selection of its 2022-23 cohort of graduate fellows. Two students were named Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellows for Water Solutions and three students were named J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellows. All five fellows will receive full tuition and a stipend for one semester, and […]

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Empowering people to adapt on the frontlines of climate change

On April 11, MIT announced five multiyear flagship projects in the first-ever Climate Grand Challenges, a new initiative to tackle complex climate problems and deliver breakthrough solutions to the world as quickly as possible. This article is the fifth in a five-part series highlighting the most promising concepts to emerge from the competition and the […]

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Using plant biology to address climate change

On April 11, MIT announced five multiyear flagship projects in the first-ever Climate Grand Challenges, a new initiative to tackle complex climate problems and deliver breakthrough solutions to the world as quickly as possible. This article is the fourth in a five-part series highlighting the most promising concepts to emerge from the competition and the […]

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A Viking Settlement Mysteriously Vanished. Now, We Have an Answer

Ruins of the church. Hvalsey. a norse (viking) settlement in Greenland on the shore of Hvalseyfjord. America. Image: Martin Zwick/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. About 1,000 years ago, Vikings settled on the southern tip of Greenland, where they thrived for centuries […]

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Q&A: Latifah Hamzah ’12 on creating sustainable solutions in Malaysia and beyond

Latifah Hamzah ’12 graduated from MIT with a BS in mechanical engineering and minors in energy studies and music. During their time at MIT, Latifah participated in various student organizations, including the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Alpha Phi Omega, and the MIT Design/Build/Fly team. They also participated in the MIT Energy Initiative’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program […]

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The data that will change the world is scattered all around us

Join today’s leading executives online at the Data Summit on March 9th. Register here. This article was contributed by Dr. Roman Sandler, CTO and cofounder at Ravin AI. It’s no secret that AI is changing industries and businesses of all types. Medicine, education, retail, manufacturing, automotive, and many others are being impacted by advances in the […]

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A life-changing fertilizer for rural farmers in Kenya

Most commercial fertilizer travels a long way before it reaches rural farmers in Kenya. Transportation costs force many farmers to rely on cheap, synthetic fertilizers, which can lead to the acidification and degradation of their soil over time. The situation amounts to a multigenerational crisis as elders have watched their crop yields dwindle over the […]

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Bringing climate reporting to local newsrooms

Last summer, Nora Hertel, a reporter for the St. Cloud Times in central Minnesota, visited a farm just northeast of the Twin Cities run by the Native American-led nonprofit Dream of Wild Health. The farm raises a mix of vegetables and flowering plants, and has a particular focus on cultivating rare heirloom varieties. It’s also […]

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A dirt-cheap solution? Common clay materials may help curb methane emissions

Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and it has a pronounced effect within first two decades of its presence in the atmosphere. In the recent international climate negotiations in Glasgow, abatement of methane emissions was identified as a major priority in attempts to curb global climate change quickly. Now, a […]

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Reducing food waste to increase access to affordable foods

About a third of the world’s food supply never gets eaten. That means the water, labor, energy, and fertilizer that went into growing, processing, and distributing the food is wasted. On the other end of the supply chain are cash-strapped consumers, who have been further distressed in recent years by factors like the Covid-19 pandemic […]

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