Navin Ramankutty is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. His research addresses issues at the interface of agricultural land use, environmental change, and food security. His team uses global data analysis and models to examine the potential contributions of different farming systems and different interventions in the food system to addressing our sustainable food challenges. Ultimately, his research aims to identify solutions to the challenge of feeding humanity with minimal environmental footprint. He contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report and to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was an editor of the journal Global Food Security and Global Ecology and Biogeography, and is an Associate Editor of Environmental Research Letters and LAND. He is a Leopold Leadership Fellow.
Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity
New research published in Nature Sustainability by GLP Members Zia Mehrabi, Erle Ellis and Navin Ramankutty finds dealing with the biodiversity crisis by giving nature more space could result in losing a lot of food.
SSC Member Navin Ramankutty and GLP Members Zia Mehrabi and Katharina Waha review the successes and failures of the global food system, addressing ongoing debates on pathways to environmental health and food security. To deal with these challenges, a new coordinated research program blending modern breeding with agro-ecological methods is needed. They call on plant biologists to lead this effort and help steer humanity toward a safe operating space for agriculture.
The first large-scale assessment of oil palm expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean offers valuable insights on the key drivers of oil palm expansion at a fairly early stage, according to GLP SSC Member Navin Ramankutty and GLP Member Jordan Graesser.
GLP Members Verena Seufert and Navin Ramankutty published a commentary on CNN.com showcasing their conclusions about organic versus convention agriculture on three key fronts: environmental impact, producer and consumer benefits. They discovered that organic farming does matter -- just not in the way most people think.