Digital innovations drive future global agriculture

Global food systems are facing the challenge to feed a world population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 as land and water resources become diminished.  Joshua Woodard, assistant professor of applied economics and management and an expert in agricultural business and finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that […]

Innovations in food distribution key to cure malnutrition

Malnutrition’s triple burden of undernourishment, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, and over nutrition impacts millions of people around the world. Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that changes in the availability, variety and composition of foods in developing countries is a […]

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

ITHACA, N.Y. – A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that began around 10,000 years ago, European populations were hunter-gatherers that ate animal-based diets […]

Public help needed to fight deadly salamander disease

Imported pet salamanders carry a new disease that could threaten salamander populations in New York state with extinction. Wildlife veterinarian Beth Bunting with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, describes the new disease and asks people to report dead amphibians to New York State DEC or the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab. Bunting is part […]

By quitting Paris accord, Trump would open Pandora’s box

President Trump is expected to announce that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, a global pact designed to fight climate change. The following Cornell University experts, including COP21 delegates, discuss the ecological, economic, health and political impacts of this move. David W. Wolfe: Climate change is an economic and national security issue […]

Trump dump of Paris pact environmental, economic blunder

President Trump is expected to announce that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, a global pact designed to fight climate change. Two experts at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University say that withdrawing from the accords would be a major mistake, both environmentally and economically. David M. Lodge: […]

Obamacare support: When polls mention repeal it seals the deal

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the U.S. Senate set to take up debate on a new health care bill, Cornell researchers asked a simple question: Does the American public want former President Obama’s health care law repealed and replaced? It depends on how you ask the question. The researchers analyzed hundreds of national opinion polls from […]

Obesity is in the eye of the beholder: Cornell study

ITHACA, N.Y. – Doctors have a specific definition of what it means to be overweight or obese, but in the social world, gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether people are judged as “thin enough” or “too fat,” according to a new Cornell University study. “It looks like obesity is in the eye […]

AG Sessions plan to toughen drug rules wrong turn for justice

Plans by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to toughen rules for prosecuting drug crimes reverses Obama-era policies. Joseph Margulies, professor of law and government at Cornell University, says such reversals constitute a wrong turn for the justice system. Bio: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/faculty/bio_joe_margulies.cfm Margulies says: “For the past decade or so, drug policy has been one of the only […]

Common sweetener in low-cal foods also a marker for weight gain

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study has identified the sugar alcohol erythritol as a biomarker for increasing fat mass. In contrast to previous assumptions and research, erythritol can be metabolized by, and even produced in, the human body. Erythritol occurs naturally in a variety of foods, such as pears and watermelons, but in recent years […]