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Marianne Waas is a energy and environment writer for the Chicago Policy Review. She is interested in environmental law and food policy issues.

Posts by Marianne Waas

Culture and the Environment: How Cultural Values Influence Global Ecologic Practices

This piece, first published on December 4, 2014, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review‘s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

Beyond the Fork: A Conversation with JoAnne Berkenkamp on the Future of Food Waste

The growing interest surrounding how our food is produced and distributed has placed increased scrutiny on what happens ‘when we are done with it.' The key to reducing food waste is to realize that we are all stakeholders from farm to fork, and beyond.

Are Improved Nutritional Outcomes and a Robust Agricultural Sector Mutually Exclusive? Case Study Findings from the Developing World

Recent East African and South Asian stakeholder research has helped shed light on the thorny relationship between food security and nutritional policymaking in the developing world. Though findings point to a need for action on several fronts, addressing data disconnects in each of the six case study countries remains vital.

From Farm to Trashcan, America’s Food Supply Is Being Squandered: A Look At Consumer Attitudes

Researchers find that framing messages about food waste in terms of potential cost savings for consumers can be more effective than mentioning threats to the environment.

In the Fight for Food Security, Sustainable Land Management Plays a ‘Growing’ Role

Though the authors found consistently positive (i.e. increased) yields for cover cropping, organic fertilization, mulching, and water harvesting, even more compelling is the meta-analysis that was conducted to investigate the potential for climate change mitigation.

GMOs: Where the Science Stands on Nutrition and Agricultural Advancement

A survey of literature shows that, while GMOs are overwhelmingly beneficial to farmers, consumers, and the environment, policy precautions should be taken to prevent poor land management practices.

The Unintended Consequences of Subsidized Irrigation Conservation

Government-led, cost share programs enabling US farmers to adopt water-saving irrigation systems may actually be increasing water use. Changing the way water rights are defined might help.

All Dried Up: Drought Variability Modeling and the Megadroughts to Come

A study of past megadroughts and predicted climate change indicate that the Southwest and Central Plains could face decades-long droughts in the coming century.

Food for Thought: Quantifying agricultural intensification using indicator crops

Researchers look at the worldwide production efficiency of agriculture’s four most important indicator crops and use the information to interpret global sustainability trends.

Culture and the environment: How cultural values influence global ecologic practices

Researchers explore whether links exist between global environmental performance and culture.