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Food and Agriculture

rancher applies compost to field
October 5, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil’s potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience to extreme weather.


rows of oil palm plants
April 4, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Multinational companies are increasingly looking to Africa to expand production of in-demand commodity crops such as soy and oil palm. A first-of-its-kind study highlights the real and potential impacts on the continent’s valuable tropical forests.

September 28, 2016

In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, Stanford scientists put future global warming to a real world test.

Satellite image of plant growth
September 26, 2016
Earth system scientist Eric Lambin explains how technology can be used to develop better policy for sustainable land use.
Drawing of a tree
June 28, 2016

Dry tropical regions like those where  Moringa grow will expand as the world continues to warm.

Cold drink next to a stack of books
June 27, 2016

It’s that time of year. Lie on the beach, jump on a plane to an exotic place, or just settle in on the chaise in the back yard — with a good book. Slow down, read, learn, enjoy.

new fossils define the age of humans
April 5, 2016

We are living in the Anthropocene age, in which human influence on the planet is so profound, it will leave its legacy for millennia. How are writers and artists responding along side scientists, politicians, and engineers?

Elsa Ordway in Cameroon's rainforest
December 5, 2015

Elsa Ordway's research examines the rapidly growing palm oil industry in Cameroon, with the aim of identifying where palm oil expansion can occur while protecting rainforest ecosystems and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Satellite image
November 10, 2015
Stanford scientists have tested a way to measure crop yield from space using satellites that can directly measure plant photosynthesis.
Water with bubbles
October 30, 2015

Rosemary Knight, in collaboration with Aqua Geo Frameworks and the Tulare Irrigation District, recently used a new imaging technology to find water hidden hundreds of feet underground in California's drought-ravaged Central Valley.