Climate Adaptation Imperatives: Untapped Global Maize Yield Opportunities
Journal Article 1/15/2014
In this article, the authors discuss the difference between observed yields and those achievable by optimized crop production methods, or yield gap, for maize.
Surrogate Species Selection for Assessing Potential Adverse Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Insect-Resistant Plants on Non-Target Organisms
Journal Article 1/1/2014
Most regulatory authorities require that developers of genetically engineered insect-resistant (GEI R) crops evaluate the potential for these crops to have adverse impacts on valued non-target organisms (NTOs), i.e., organisms not intended to be controlled by the trait.
Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Polymer Matrices - Phase 2.5 Report —Comparison of Existing Studies of Release Measurement for MWCNT-Polymer Composites
Currently there are no broadly accepted methods for evaluating release of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) from polymer matrices, which is a crucial component of conducting exposure assessments for nanomaterials in consumer products.
Climate Adaptation Imperatives: Global Sustainability Trends and Eco-Efficiency Metrics in Four Major Crops: Canola, Cotton, Maize, and Soybeans
Journal Article 10/15/2013
The authors discuss the constraints of finite resources and the challenges of accelerating climate change in relation to four major crops.
Navigating New Risk Landscapes & Opportunities in Global Food Systems
The Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Collaborative and the Tällberg Foundation met in Tällberg, Sweden discuss how public and private sector groups can work together to improve sufficiency and resilience in agriculture and food systems. These proceedings summarize those discussions and outline next steps.
Genetically Engineered Trees for Plantation Forests: Key Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessment
Journal Article 8/5/2013
Forests are vital to the world’s ecological, social, cultural and economic well-being yet sustainable provision of goods and services from forests is increasingly challenged by pressures such as growing demand for wood and other forest products, land conversion and degradation, and climate change.
Water Recovery and Reuse: Guidelines for Safe Application of Water Conservation Methods in Beverage Production and Food Processing
Many beverage producers and food processors are experiencing multiple pressures to find ways to minimize the total volume of water they use in the production of their product, and also to reduce waste water discharges.
Environmental Risk Assessment of GE Plants Under Low-Exposure Conditions
Journal Article 5/31/2013
This paper presents some relevant considerations for conducting an ERA for a GE plant in a low-exposure scenario in the context of the generalized ERA paradigm, building on discussions and case studies presented during a session at ISBGMO 12.
Potential Release Scenarios for Carbon Nanotubes Used in Composites
Journal Article 5/23/2013
The expected widespread use of carbon nanotube (CNT)-composites in consumer products calls for an assessment of the possible release and exposure to workers, consumers and the environment. Release of CNTs may occur at all steps in the life cycle of products, but to date only limited information is available about release of CNTs from actual products and articles.
US Food Security and Climate Change: Agricultural Futures
Journal Article 2/22/2013
This open access journal article explores how diminishing resources (arable land and water) is likely to affect future agricultural output.