Food Resources

All food resources

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cornfield in a drought

Drought and Climate Change

Learn about the different types of drought, the many factors that contribute to their development, and how climate change can have a significant effect on many of them.
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Large farm field in Polk County, Iowa

Losing Ground

Farmland consolidation—the trend toward fewer, bigger farms—has been accompanied by social and economic consequences that threaten the long-term health of farm communities.
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Runoff from an Iowa farm pouring into a stream

Dirty Water, Degraded Soil

Overuse of nitrogen fertilizer and mismanagement of animal manure have created a costly groundwater pollution problem in Iowa. State and federal policies can help farmers control this pollution at its source.
Podcast
Got Science? The Podcast - Leah Penniman

Farming While Black

Leah Penniman discusses how community farms can uproot the food system and create opportunities for Black and Brown farmers.
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Soil erosion in South Dakota

Eroding the Future

US farms are losing soil to erosion at an unsustainable rate. To meet this threat, we need policies that support farmers in conserving and rebuilding soil.
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Fishing boat off Grand Isle, Louisana

Reviving the Dead Zone

Each year, nitrogen runoff from Midwestern farms produces a large "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, damaging fisheries and the people who make their living from them. Fortunately, there are solutions that can benefit both farmers and fishers.
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Farmworkers carrying baskets with bandanas over their faces

Farmworkers at Risk

Pesticide exposure and heat stress conditions combine to present significant risks to farmworkers’ health and safety. Policies to protect their well-being from these threats are urgently needed.
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USDA scientist holding a soil sample

Safeguarding Soil

Many people think of soil as “just dirt,” but soil is the foundation of our food system, and taking care of it is vital for our future.
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Child eating a bowl of Cheerios

Champions of Breakfast

By sourcing grains sustainably, cereal makers can help farmers improve soil health, prevent water pollution, and reduce the climate impact of our agricultural system.