Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Food Security

Fishing vessels moored in Dalian, China.

Fishing's Global Footprint »

February 22, 2018

Satellite data from thousands of high seas fishing vessels over four years illuminate global fishing’s scope and pattern – down to single vessels and hourly activity – and hold...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Mikael Wolfe

History Lessons on Environmental Technology »

January 9, 2018

A Stanford historian argues that our sense of the past and present is more comprehensive when nature and technology are viewed as interdependent rather than in opposition. He applied...

By Alex Shashkevich, Stanford News Service

Panel members at the Global Food Security Symposium, Nov. 29 2017.

Feeding Africa and the World in the 21st Century »

December 12, 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) gathered to discuss transforming food production in Africa at Stanford on Nov. 29. The symposium,...

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security and the Enviornment

New Research at AGU 2017 »

December 8, 2017

Woods fellows, affiliates, students, and researchers join scientists from across the nation and the world at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Amazon treetops

Satellite Imaging Breakthrough »

March 23, 2017

Researchers have developed an approach for measuring plant growth from space by refining a decades-old technique. The new technology gets around earlier obstacles to accurate...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

wheat field

A Better way to Breathe »

March 16, 2017

Grasses are better able to withstand drought or high temperatures than many other plants in large part due to changes in their pores, called stomata. Stanford scientists have...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Tropical Oil Crops - a More Sustainable Future? »

March 1, 2017

An interview with authors of the “The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution” predicts the future of soy and palm oil booms by examining the past and present.

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security & the Environment

Maize farm plots

Satellites Measure Farm Yields  »

February 13, 2017

By using high-res images taken by the latest generation of compact satellites, Stanford scientists have developed a new capability for estimating crop yields from space. Measuring...

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

How China is Poised for Marine Fisheries Reform »

January 17, 2017

Stanford researchers view ocean management as next front for China to compete as global sustainability leaders.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

wheat field

National Security's Connections to Food, Energy and Water Security »

October 7, 2016

Stanford scholars and other experts discussed pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks that the next presidential administration will need to confront.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

rusting tractor in field

Milestones, Markets and Malaise: Dispatches from an Iowa Farm  »

September 7, 2016

Walter Falcon, the Helen Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy in Economics emeritus and Woods senior fellow emeritus, reflects on changes in farming practices,...

By Walter Falcon, Center on Food Security and the Environment

satellite with Earth in background

Mapping Poverty with Satellite Data and Machine Learning  »

August 23, 2016

Poverty and the desperate pursuit of resources it engenders can be a powerful driver of damaging environmental impacts such as deforestation. Accurate and reliable information on the...

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Rufoustailed Jacamar bird

Climate and Land Use Changes a 'One-Two Punch’ for Some Species »

July 12, 2016

Study highlights that paying attention to current and future regional climate can help decision-makers expand agriculture in ways that minimize harm to, and maybe even benefit,...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How to Measure Resource Tradeoffs in Times of Drought »

January 14, 2016

A new computer model developed by a Stanford scientist can be used by resource managers around the world to weigh food and energy tradeoffs when water is scarce

By Paige Miller

Student Osama El-Gabalawy interviews a farmer from Hollister, California, for an interactive map project on the effects of climate change

Interactive Tool Tells Story of Global Change »

December 16, 2015

Using first-person narratives, Stanford undergraduate students have created an interactive tool that shows how forces of global environmental change are manifested locally throughout...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Measuring Crop Yields From Space »

November 10, 2015

Stanford-led team uses satellites to measure a special light emitted by plants to estimate crop yields with more accuracy than ever before. This advance will help scientists study how...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Dispatch from the Farm »

September 17, 2015

It is the end of summer and time for another Iowa report. My wife and I own a medium-sized farm in East Central Iowa that produces corn and soybeans, and beef from a cow/calf herd. My...

By Walter Falcon, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Marijuana's Environmental Impacts »

July 10, 2015

Researchers link cultivation to environmental damage in California; call for greater regulation

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Drought Increases Spread of HIV in Africa »

June 24, 2015

When the rains fail in sub-Saharan Africa, some farmers try to make up for lost income through sex work. This, in turn, can increase local HIV infection rates by more than 10 percent,...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Oil palm plantation in Indonesia.

Toward More Sustainable Palm Oil »

June 23, 2015

Teams including Woods researchers awarded grants to explore sustainable palm oil supply chains and other potential environmental solutions

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment