News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Textured soy protein can now provide scaffolding for bovine skeletal muscle cells to adhere to and form meat-like 3D cell cultures, thus advancing the generation of cultured meat and reducing the reliance on animal agriculture.

    • Jette Feveile Young
    •  & Stig Skrivergaard
  • Food for Thought |

    Over the past two millennia, dietary transitions among foragers in southern Africa have impacted their height, family size, disease rates, and nutrition. The shift to a sedentary life has brought with it a range of health and social issues. Yet, foraging remains important for food security and has unique cultural value.

    • Robert Hitchcock
  • Books & Arts |

    • Annisa Chand
    • , Juliana Gil
    •  & Anne Mullen
  • Editorial |

    East Africa is experiencing the worst desert locust outbreak in decades. Climate events have facilitated breeding of the swarming pest across the region, and with a surge in the locust population expected in coming weeks urgent action is needed to avert a humanitarian crisis.

  • News & Views |

    Policy packaging offers citizens better scope for assessing trade-offs in policy attributes and policymakers the opportunity to make unpopular reforms, including those needed to achieve healthy and sustainable food system transformation, more palatable to their constituents.

    • Danielle Resnick
  • News & Views |

    Historical and projected impacts of tropospheric ozone and climate change on California’s most valuable perennial crops indicate that opportunities exist to improve crop yields through pollution mitigation.

    • Justin McGrath
  • News & Views |

    To highlight vulnerabilities of future food production under climate change, we need a better understanding of crop yield variability drivers. Soil moisture, which plays interdependent roles in water demand and supply, determined from satellite observations can markedly improve the predictive skill of US maize yield models.

    • Michelle Tigchelaar
  • Editorial |

    Transforming the food system for human and planetary health must support the livelihoods and well-being of those working in the agri-food sector.

  • Comment |

    A food system framework breaks down entrenched sectoral categories and existing adaptation and mitigation silos, presenting novel ways of assessing and enabling integrated climate change solutions from production to consumption.

    • Cynthia Rosenzweig
    • , Cheikh Mbow
    • , Luis G. Barioni
    • , Tim G. Benton
    • , Mario Herrero
    • , Murukesan Krishnapillai
    • , Emma T. Liwenga
    • , Prajal Pradhan
    • , Marta G. Rivera-Ferre
    • , Tek Sapkota
    • , Francesco N. Tubiello
    • , Yinlong Xu
    • , Erik Mencos Contreras
    •  & Joana Portugal-Pereira
  • Food for Thought |

    Popular ideas about the Mediterranean diet are reviewed and questioned with respect to regional data on food intake and cultural diversity. With the UNESCO declaration of the Mediterranean diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, a far more holistic approach to food habits and environmental patterns has been developed.

    • Helen Macbeth
    •  & F. Xavier Medina
  • News & Views |

    An engineered increase in Rubisco production has increased photosynthetic capacity, rice yield and nitrogen use efficiency in an experimental paddy field. This demonstrates a key means to sustainably increasing yield and global food security.

    • Stephen P. Long
  • Books & Arts |

    • Annisa Chand
    • , Juliana Gil
    • , Yufang Guo
    •  & Anne Mullen
  • News & Views |

    Transgenic corn expressing anti-inflammatory antibodies presents a new avenue for mitigation of the enteric disease coccidiosis, providing new possibilities for antimicrobial-free management of poultry diseases.

    • Charles Li
    •  & Mingmin Lu
  • News & Views |

    Up to now, creativity, ingenuity, time and more than a little luck have been essential for transforming a wild plant into a new food crop. Building on the understanding of gene function in Arabidopsis, the process of domestication can be rapidly accelerated.

    • Anne B. Britt
  • Q&A |

    Tom Arnold has a wealth of experience in humanitarian and development approaches to combatting hunger. In his roles in food and agriculture, including with Scaling Up Nutrition and Task Force Rural Africa, he advocates for policy consistency and supportive relationships between civil society, business and government.

    • Anne Mullen
  • Editorial |

    The global food system needs a radical overhaul to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050. Nature Food calls on scientists from the many disciplines of food to contribute their knowledge and experience to a collective dialogue on food system transformation.

  • Books & Arts |

    • Juliana Gil
    • , Anne Mullen
    • , Yufang Guo
    •  & Annisa Chand
  • News & Views |

    Climate tipping points, such as the collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), could drive significant structural changes in agriculture, with profound consequences for global food security.

    • Tim G. Benton
  • News & Views |

    The gap between global supply and demand of omega-3 fatty acids is twice previous estimates. Opportunities to narrow that gap include increasing use of fishery by-products and reducing food waste.

    • Brett D. Glencross
  • Comment |

    Without a great food system transformation, the world will fail to deliver both on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. There are five grand challenges to be faced, by science and society, to effect that transformation.

    • Johan Rockström
    • , Ottmar Edenhofer
    • , Juliana Gaertner
    •  & Fabrice DeClerck
  • News & Views |

    The wealth of national food supply data, collected over decades by member states of the Food and Agriculture Organization, provides intriguing insights into regional transitions.

    • Roseline Remans
  • Comment |

    Transformation of the food system at the national scale requires concerted action from government, business and civil society, based on sound evidence from the research community. A programme for transformation of the United Kingdom’s food system, for healthy people and a healthy environment, is described here.

    • Riaz Bhunnoo
    •  & Guy M. Poppy
  • Food for Thought |

    Globalization transforms societies, economies and cultures. As a subject, food allows us to draw unique narratives on these transformations . The history of pie and mash, also known as the ‘Londoner’s meal’, is such a story of globalization.

    • Ronald Ranta
  • Comment |

    A programme developed across five UK universities aims to equip graduate professionals with the skills, tools and capabilities to better understand and manage food-system complexity for food security, for the environment and for enterprise.

    • John Ingram
    • , Raquel Ajates
    • , Alex Arnall
    • , Lauren Blake
    • , Rosina Borrelli
    • , Rosemary Collier
    • , Annabel de Frece
    • , Barbara Häsler
    • , Tim Lang
    • , Harley Pope
    • , Kelly Reed
    • , Roger Sykes
    • , Rebecca Wells
    •  & Rebecca White
  • News & Views |

    A consistent global gridded multi-model assessment of wheat production under climate change points to large uncertainties arising from crop models, particularly in mid and high latitudes.

    • Ann-Kristin Koehler