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Sustainability standards in the supply chain, Food Compass nutrient profiling system, food system concepts at the science-policy interface, cost of healthy sustainable diets in Mexico...and more!

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  • Food systems and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated weaknesses and tested resilience of food systems. This forward-looking Collection examines precarity of livelihoods and health in the wake of COVID-19 and considers some of the interventions needed to build food systems back better.

  • One health in aquaculture

    Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing and highly traded food sectors, and will become increasingly important in future food systems. This Collection highlights research and commentary on sustainable development of the aquaculture sector incorporating One Health principles - recognising the interconnected health and well-being of people, animals, plants and their shared environment.

  • Food systems and sustainable nutrition

    Large numbers of people are going hungry around the world and nutritional imbalances persist between low- and high-income nations. Not only are our food systems failing society but they are damaging the planet.

  • Sustainable, equitable and profitable Ocean economies

    The world is gearing up to grow ever more reliant on the ocean for food, energy provision and material resources. This collection - the result of a collaboration between the Ocean Panel and the Nature journals - examines the potential for sustainable, equitable and profitable growth in the ocean economy and what would it take to achieve this.

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Our Open Access option complies with funder and institutional requirements.

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  • An integrated methodology that includes climate, crop, economic and life cycle assessment models was developed to explore the climate adaptation and mitigation opportunities throughout the US potato and tomato supply chains. This study shows that supply chains for two popular processed products in the United States, French fries and pasta sauce, will be remarkably resilient, through planting adaptation strategies.

    • David Gustafson
    • Senthold Asseng
    • Liujun Xiao
    Article
  • To increase crop yields in many regions of sub-Saharan Africa, farmers would need to use more fertilizers. However, estimating the local maize yield responses to fertilizers shows that the fertilizer and maize price ratio presents a strong barrier to achieving higher yields in most regions.

    • Camila Bonilla-Cedrez
    • Jordan Chamberlin
    • Robert J. Hijmans
    Article
  • Ancestral wheat relatives can enrich the genetic diversity of modern cultivars and contribute to stress adaptation. A meta-genome-wide association study identifies the exotic genome footprints in a wheat pre-breeding population, as well as some exotic-specific agronomic traits.

    • Sukhwinder Singh
    • A. Jighly
    • N. S. Bains
    Article
  • Effective prioritizing of R&D investments in agriculture needs robust estimation of yield gaps for major cropping systems. Yield potential derived from the ‘top-down’ spatial frameworks is subject to a high degree of uncertainty and would benefit from incorporating estimates from ‘bottom-up’ spatial frameworks.

    • Juan I. Rattalino Edreira
    • José F. Andrade
    • Patricio Grassini
    Article Open Access
    • Adopting new models for sustainable and profitable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa requires a comprehensive evaluation of fertilizer use in terms of agronomic performance, economic implications, the integration of crops and livestock, and policy recommendations.

      • André F. Van Rooyen
      • Henning Bjornlund
      • Jamie Pittock
      News & Views
    • Projected decreases in maize and soy yields due to global warming are compounded by changing co-variability between surface water fluxes and temperature. Precipitation and evapotranspiration need to be accounted for when adapting agriculture and agricultural practices for climate change.

      • Angeline G. Pendergrass
      News & Views
    • Corporate reporting tools should incorporate equity considerations if they are to cover the true costs of operating in the food system. Looking at natural, social and human capital costs, this study proposes integrated metrics to account for the impact of economic activities across socio-economic, gender, racial, generational and risk-bearing domains.

      • Steven Lord
      • John S. I. Ingram
      Perspective
    • Several frameworks aimed at making the effects of food production and consumption on society explicit have emerged recently. This Review identifies the main ones currently in use and compares them in terms of scope, functional unit, impacts and monetization types—with an outlook to their harmonization.

      • Reinier de Adelhart Toorop
      • Jenn Yates
      • Adrian de Groot Ruiz
      Review Article
    • The continued proliferation of certification schemes aimed at mitigating social and environmental problems in the food sector calls for constant stocktaking of their effects. This Review examines some of the most prominent sustainability standards to discuss the issues of causality, exclusion, compliance and monitoring, excess supply and emerging country markets—ultimately identifying directions for future research.

      • Eva-Marie Meemken
      • Christopher B. Barrett
      • Jorge Sellare
      Review Article