“UC Davis scores #1 in programs for plant and animal sciences in U.S. News and World Report’s “2017 Best Global Universities” report issued Monday (Oct. 24, 2016).
The rankings, which focus on overall research and academic reputation, rather than specific undergraduate or graduate programs, show UC Davis second in the world in agricultural sciences, and fourth in environment and ecology.
With the horticultural shift of the Green Revolution, industrial agriculture has been producing more calories than ever, but the lack of micronutrients in the resulting diet is causing widespread disease.
“The world’s worst health problems derive in one manner or another from problems with industrial agriculture, and are, in short, diseases of civilization. This sobering bit of business strikes straight at the heart of the question of sustainability, which has asked whether the land, the biota, the planet could stand industrial agriculture. The equally urgent question, now, is whether humans can stand it.”
“Land degradation is costing the world as much as $10.6 trillion every year, equivalent to 17% of global gross domestic product, a report has warned.”
“US biofuel policy is intended to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by the US transportation sector. However, the extent of cropland expansion found by Lark et al. suggests that measures like RFS2 are actually accruing an unintended, but substantial, carbon debt.”
-Christopher K Wright, Environmental Research Letters, Volume 10, Number 5
“An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany. ”
BMJ (formerly ‘The British Medical Journal’)
Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)
-BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal )