Why the global soil shortage threatens food, medicine and the climate

Soil can be considered black gold, and we’re running out of it. The United Nations declared soil finite and predicted catastrophic loss within 60 years. “There are places that have already lost all of their topsoil,” Jo Handelsman, author of “A World Without Soil,” and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNBC. The … Read more

How nature could change the way we do business

A hot cup of coffee is the perfect start to the day for millions of people around the world. But when taking that first sip, it’s easy to forget how much work goes into bringing it to the table. From the farmers cultivating and harvesting coffee plants, to milling and roasting, many crucial and labor-intensive … Read more

Seaweed could be a vital ingredient in the fight against climate change

Like many coastal communities around the world, people living by the sea in the United Kingdom have harvested and consumed seaweed for centuries. In Wales, Welsh laverbread — made from cooking a type of seaweed called laver — is a culinary delicacy so revered that it enjoys Protected Designation of Origin status. Seaweed’s uses do … Read more