Food and Agriculture

Solutions for Sustainability and Resilience in a Constantly Changing World

Recent natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. In January of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, the National Council for Science and Environment, and Dow Chemical hosted a workshop on resilience and sustainability.

CEF Quoted for Des Moines Register's "Eight Solutions to China Food Security"

How China ensures a safe, secure food supply as it continues to grow will have global ramifications. The Des Moines Register, an Iowa-based daily newspaper interviewed CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett and proposed eight solutions to China food security.

World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Book Launch)

With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.

TPP and the Political Economy of U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

Japan may no longer be the economic threat it once was, but tensions with the United States still prevail over trade, most notably in pushing forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. While a successful conclusion to the 12-member nation trade pact would reap in great rewards for the global economy, the politics of trade in both Washington and Tokyo present formidable barriers that will likely take several years to overcome.

The Future of Food, Climate, and the Natural World: A Conversation With Jonathan Foley

Appointed to lead the prestigious California Academy of Sciences in August, Jonathan Foley is tasked with leading a world class institution in the pursuit of discovering, documenting, and sharing knowledge of the natural world.  Serving as one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has a clear mission of promoting exploration, providing educational opportunities, and engaging the public.

Dairy Policy Reform in Canada & the United States: Protection at Home or International Trade? (Toronto)

Location: This event will take place at Bennett Jones Headquarters in Toronto, ON. 

For several decades, dairy policies in Canada and the United States have protected and supported domestic dairy industries. Regulations have taken different forms—supply management in Canada, and complex pricing rules in the United States—but both systems hurt consumers, shield domestic dairy from foreign competition, and jeopardize efforts to participate in proposed international free-trade negotiations.

Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are in effect the global labor force of the future,” said Jack Goldstone at the Wilson Center on October 15. “Whether they are productive, how large that cohort turns out to be, whether they find work or not, is going to have a bearing, I think, on all of us.”

VOA Reported CEF Event on Soil Pollution in China

VOA reported CEF event on China’s soil pollution problems. Isabel Hilton, the editor of chinadialogue, and Qing Wang from the World Bank spoke at the September 18th meeting, with the theme “Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China”. VOA focused on two problems highlighted by Hilton and Wang: China’s lacking of tracking systems of toxic wastes and chemicals, and the unsatisfactory qualities of organic food there. “China has a long way to go to solve its soil pollution,” the report concluded.

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