Are Critical Thinking Strategies a Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Working with Low-Income Populations?

Critical thinking should be an integral part of any intervention related to health, diet and the use of income among low-income and vulnerable populations.

Preserving Diversity in the Food System

We benefit from improvements in food safety, but we lose out when our options for acquiring fresh, locally and regionally produced foods are diminished.

Where Local Starts

In today's food system what is really considered "local" and "sustainable?"

The Smith Lab "Pop-Garden" Project

Collaborating on a new direction for productive land on Ohio State's main campus

Joel Johnson Wraps Up His Term on the InFACT Executive Committee

Joel Johnson’s role in InFACT really began long before the initiative was conceived. Joel was a leader in a “big idea” proposal for a center for environmental data science, earning him an invitation to be one of the 19 faculty who crafted the framework for data analytics at Ohio State, as a member of the climate and environment writing team. When the request for the next round of Discovery Theme…

The other side of our food system: Rethinking human waste as a resource

How are human bodily wastes transformed into resources? And how do cultural taboos, sanitation infrastructure, and legal regulation shape and contour the possibilities of that transformation?

Addressing food waste critical to the success of healthy food systems

Reducing food waste isn’t the first choice approach to reducing hunger. However, the public accrues benefit across multiple domains from reducing food waste, which makes it deserving of its own champions and policies.

Tipping risks call for stringent climate policy

Climate scientists have worked for years to develop predictive models, but some elements are still very uncertain for prediction. Dr. Yongyang Cai's work analyzes five major risky climate factors that could accelerate climate change and lead to irreversible and/or abrupt changes to the natural system.

Making Risky Decisions – Lessons from Australia

Following several years of severe drought in California, water supplies have recovered to the extent that state officials recently suspended statewide restrictions on water use.  During the drought, there had been repeated suggestions that hard-hit localities such as San Diego might consider investing in desalination plants.  A common response was that California should take a hard look at Australia’s…

Economic diversity and community resilience

Major disruptions can leave communities fighting for survival and restoration of normalcy. Some policymakers and academics have begun to search for mitigating measures that can strengthen the resilience of communities.