Category Archives: United States

How investing in infrastructure can make the world less hungry

By Ben Muir

Megan Konar, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, studies the intersection of water, food and trade.

As part of our series, “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,” Konar tells reporter Ben Muir that investing in infrastructure is critical.

Listen to the full conversation here. And check back next week for a new episode of our series

Lessons for researchers from the Trump surprise

Dave Poulson
Dave Poulson

By David Poulson

The post-election analysis of the U.S. presidential race contains excellent lessons for communicating food systems research and other kinds of science.

Here’s why:

The question many people are now puzzling over is how could all those highly-educated, highly-paid statisticians and pollsters get the election so wrong. Seemingly no one projected a Trump victory.

And now the science of polling is taking a beating. It may never recover.

Perhaps it never should.

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Cultivating uncertainty through science reporting

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Image: Mike Gifford, Flickr.

By Marie Orttenburger

SACRAMENTO – Science is integral to environmental reporting, but it’s also a source of the field’s biggest dilemmas.

Science reporters often find themselves crafting imperfect metaphors, navigating complex findings, trying not to overwhelm the reader with data. And they’re doing all of that while struggling to understand the science themselves.

The “EJ Reporting: Don’t Forget the Science” panel at the Society of Environmental Journalist’s recent 26th annual conference tackled this challenge. The discussion, featuring science reporters Sarah Zielinski, Dan Fagin, Janet Raloff and Christopher Joyce, opened with some reassurance. Continue reading Cultivating uncertainty through science reporting

Nutrition may outweigh risk when eating fish containing some mercury

By Eric Freedman

inter-tribal-fisheries-assessment-program-logoEating Great Lakes fish that contain mercury may threaten your health, but the nutritional benefits may outweigh the risks, according to a new study of lake trout and lake whitefish consumption by members of Native American tribes with high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Continue reading Nutrition may outweigh risk when eating fish containing some mercury

Young farmers excited about working with communities

By Karen Hopper Usher

In the past few weeks, 35-year-old John Krohn estimates his urban farm in Lansing has donated 40 pounds of food to people in need.

But don’t call it giving back.

“I don’t feel like I’m giving back because I don’t owe anybody anything,” Krohn said.

Call it community – a community Krohn said he relies on as a market, and the community where he has chosen to live.

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