Food

Carbon Dioxide Pollution is Making Rice Less Nutritious & Could Stunt Growth in Millions of Children, Finds Study

25th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Independent. “Experiments on staple crop for two billion people reveal ‘underappreciated risk of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation’ As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere goes up, the nutritional value of rice will go down, according to an international team of scientists. The finding has serious implications for the health and early development… [more]

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

14th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were smuggled out of Syria as the bombs fell. When a team of researchers set… [more]

Polluting Our Soils is Polluting Our Future

8th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  “Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. Soils affect the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our health and the health of all organisms on the… [more]

Complementarity & Synergisms Among Ecosystem Services Supporting Crop Yield

10th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Food Security. Highlights Crop yield depends on biotic pest regulation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. Such dependence occurs simultaneously, rather than one service at a time. Complementary effects between services on crop yield are the most frequent. Positive interactions are common, while evidence for negative interactions is weak. Agricultural… [more]

Seafood Funds Seek to Establish An Investment Trend in Sustainable Fisheries

29th March 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Impact Alpha. “Managing wild fisheries with proven sustainability practices can mean bigger, not smaller, catches of tasty seafood. That creates an opportunity for investors with a long-term view who are willing to invest through the transition period required for depleted fisheries to recover. Three fund managers who are early… [more]

New York Times: Nature’s ‘Alarming’ Decline Threatens Food, Water, Energy

23rd March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the New York Times.  “Four regional reports covered the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe and Central Asia – all areas of the planet except the poles and the high seas. For the Americas, the report estimated that the value of nature to people – such as crops,… [more]