In recent years, it has become evident to us that meeting future food demands while reducing the environmental footprints of agriculture is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.
The flagship strategy to feed the world continues to be to increase agricultural production (and clear forest) to produce more calories. Yet, our recent research suggests that people who live in a forested landscape consume healthier foods than those who do not live near forests.
In the LAND lab, we explore the linkages between agriculture, nutrition, and forestry as we believe that calorie production, dietary quality, and nature conservation are areas that should be deeply connected. Our aim is to provide the foundation for a multi-disciplinary strategy for feeding the world and conserving nature at the same time.