We are conducting a study to better understand people’s identity and relationship with the environment. It’s a short digital survey, and shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes.
Category: social commentary
COVID-19 and Climate Change: The Urgent Crisis and the Important Crisis
Covid-19 is an extremely urgent crisis. Climate change is an extremely important one. What is the difference? And how do we approach and learn from them?
Essay: What if AI waged war?
Purdue University held a symposium on the national security challenges posed by rapid advances in technology and smart systems. In conjunction, the Purdue Policy Research Institute held an essay competition in the spirit of the symposium: What if AI waged war?
How to share complex research
If all the knowledge in the world were represented by a giant cake, then we might say a researcher specializes in one teeny tiny crumb of that cake. It's hard to communicate why a tiny crumb matters. Generally speaking, researchers make two mistakes. First, they immediately go into the technical details of their crumb and it confuses everyone and makes them bored. Or second, they claim that without their crumb, the whole goldarned cake wouldn't exist and their crumb is single-handedly responsible for the magnificence of this baked good. Neither of these approaches is a good strategy.
Be Media Savvy: How to Check Your News Sources
We all want to be smart about our news. The catch is that no one is teaching you how to do that. Avoiding fake news (news that IS NOT true and exists solely to trick you into believing something that is wrong), clickbait (media that is outrageous just so you'll click on it and they'll get add revenues) and understanding biased sources is incredibly important. I made this video to show you how to become media savvy and check your news sources when scrolling through social media or looking something up online.
World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause
World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations’ annual food security report. The total number of people who face chronic food deprivation has increased by 15 million since 2016. Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago.
My publisher is having a flash sale: 50% off How to Feed the World
My publisher Island Press is having a flash sale until Sunday the 7th of October. Everything is 50% off. If you were thinking of buying How to Feed the World, now's a good time.
Food Security’s Red Herrings: GMOs and Organic
This post includes an excerpt from an op-ed I wrote for Thomson Reuters News Foundation and links to the full article. In the op-ed, I argue that our collective attention is spent so obsessively on marginal food security issues that it comes at the expense of more pressing matters.
HOW TO FEED THE WORLD now available!
I'm very pleased to share that after several years of hard work, "How to Feed the World" is out now! If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book from Island Press, use the code 4FEED, which is good for a 20% discount.
On biases, GMOs and embracing the boring
Food security is not the most exciting nor alluring of issues, but it is one of the most important. And technology will play a crucial role in how we feed the world. The decisions we make about technology today will carry major ramifications down the line.