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Increasing Food Security

Meeting the nutritional needs of all those living today without compromising the wellbeing of future generations requires holistic thinking about the interconnected systems of agriculture, aquaculture, wild food harvest, and their home ecosystems. Cornell Atkinson is bringing together Cornell’s core strengths in these areas with like-minded external partners to contribute to long-term, large-scale progress, one solution at a time.

Increasing Food Security

Academic Venture Fund Highlight

Improving Sustainability of Farmed Fish

New fish feed will create a more sustainable future for seafood. Cornell Atkinson Faculty Fellow Eugene Won (CALS) has developed a method to convert fishery byproducts into protein-rich pelletized fish feed. A 2017 Cornell Atkinson Academic Venture Fund supported the method's development. With recent grants from the USDA's Hatch Multistate Research Fund and the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, Won and his team will test the feed in a new aquaculture lab.

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Report

Outside Livestock Production May Not Be Viable in The Future Due to Extreme Heat Stress, Says New Paper

"Climate change impacts on livestock could be severe, and we will need an arsenal of transformational adaptation options for the sector. We must ensure these reach smallholders in low and middle-income countries, which are some of the most vulnerable to climate change." -Mario Herrero, Cornell Atkinson Scholar, and co-author.

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Report

$1M NASA Grant to Improve Carbon Monitoring in East Africa - August 2021

Cornell researchers will develop the first high-resolution carbon monitoring system for East Africa that combines on-the-ground ecological modeling with satellite data, thanks to a three-year, $1 million NASA grant.

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Report

Innovations to Build Sustainable, Equitable, Inclusive Food Value Chains - December 2020

New report assesses the current state of agri-food systems and the external drivers that will reshape them over the coming 25–50 years.

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Projects

Cornell Atikinson - Food Security

Food Security Portal

IFSS portal aims to provide a space to describe, connect and collaborate around innovative solutions for food systems challenges.

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Nature Sustainability Panel

Cornell University, through Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability’s food security working group, in collaboration with the journal Nature Sustainability and with the participation of its sister journal, Nature Food, convened a year-long expert panel on ‘Innovations to build sustainable, equitable, inclusive food value chains.’ The panel has now released its report and summary.

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Cornell Atkinson - Regenerative Agriculture Project

Regenerative Agriculture

Accelerating adoption of regenerative agriculture practices across the Great Lakes basin by developing transition loan products and services to facilitate the transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture.

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Faculty Fellow Highlight

Chris Barrett

Aiming to alleviate avoidable injustice, and suffering, Chris Barrett explores how individuals, communities and institutions can make a real-world impact.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Cornell Atkinson postdoctoral fellows help lead the future of sustainability through innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Sara Egendorf

Sara Perl Egendorf

Theme: Increasing Food Security, Reducing Climate Risks

Education: PhD ’20, CUNY Graduate Center, New York Cornell Adviser: Jenny Kao-Kniffin (CALS/SIPS - Horticulture Section) External Partner: NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation

Academic Venture Fund 2021

Accelerating Agroforestry for a Healthy Planet

Investigators: Shorna Allred, Gen Meredith, Stephen Morreale

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Academic Venture Fund 2021

Balancing Environmental and Nutritional Tradeoffs of Expanding Amazonian Aquaculture

Investigators: Alexander Flecker, Kathryn Fiorella, Carla Gomes, Suresh Sethi, Xiangtao Xu

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Academic Venture Fund 2021

Increasing Milk Production and Reducing Greenhouse Gas by Feeding Cows Hydroponic Sprouts

Investigators: Joseph McFadden, Neil Mattson, Kristan Reed

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Academic Venture Fund 2021

Promoting Sustainable Seafood by Tracing Ingredients in Aquaculture Feeds

Investigators: Peter McIntyre, Jose Andres, Nina Therkildsen, Eugene Won

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Innovation for Impact Fund Awards 2020

Supply Chains for Consumer-Product Goods

Cornell Investigators: Kieran Donaghy, City and Regional Planning; John Carruthers, City and Regional Planning
EDF Investigators: Joseph Rudek, Lead Sr. Scientist; Suzi Kerr, Chief Economist

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Innovation for Impact Fund Awards 2020

Hotspots of Nitrogen Loss in River Basins

Cornell Investigator: Robert Howarth, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
EDF Investigator: Eileen McLellan, Lead Sr. Scientist; Alison Eagle, Sustainable Agriculture Program Scientist

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