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The next Dust Bowl? Great Plains grassland loss slows overall, but rises in South Dakota

WWF’s latest annual study of the extent and impact of conversion of grasslands to croplands reveals that though such activity activity generally declined across the Great Plains in 2017, it has nearly doubled in South Dakota within the same time span.
  • 5 ways to shop and eat smarter for the climate

    As shoppers and eaters, we have immense power to save habitats, fight climate change, and keep our planet livable by taking simple actions at home and in stores every day. Here are five steps you can take right now.

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  • WWF examines the loss of produce on farms and pathways to change

    August 21, 2018

    Did you know that food loss can occur long before you even buy it? WWF zoomed in on 35 farms across the country to assess how much produce never leaves the field after harvest. 

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  • Congratulations, Bahamas! We Did It!

    August 07, 2018

    The Bahamas’ lobster fishermen just earned certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for managing their fishery sustainably. The MSC certification helps ensure that the fishery can continue to produce food and jobs for current and future generations.

    fisherman and lobster Mac Stone WW1103815
  • A missing piece in the fight against climate change

    Keeping trees, grasses, and soil intact and restoring them can help get us a long way toward meeting America's urgent climate goals.

    Rockhills Ranch, South Dakota
  • Love lobster tails? Thank The Bahamas’ Mia Isaacs

    March 07, 2018

    As president of the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association and managing director of Heritage Seafood, a leading lobster processor, Mia is working with her fellow exporters, fishermen, the Bahamian government, and international NGOs like WWF and The Nature Conservancy to ensure lobsters are fished sustainably. 

    Spiny Lobster
  • As monarch butterflies lose ground in Mexico, WWF seeks solutions in America’s heartland

    When we think of wild animals losing their habitats, we usually envision elephants, rhinos, and tigers in faraway places. But monarch butterflies are losing their homes right here in the US—and our food is playing a part.

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  • How cover crops help keep soil healthy and productive

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    Food production is a leading driver of habitat loss, overfishing, and freshwater consumption. Yet the habitat under the most direct pressure from agriculture is also the most ignored: soil.
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  • Students step up to tackle food waste at school

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    WWF’s Food Waste Warrior program for grades 5 to 12 helps students develop math and science skills as they conduct an audit of their school’s food waste and learn how food impacts the environment.
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  • Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Put your food waste on a diet

    December 28, 2017

    Around the world, a third of the food we grow and process to feed people never reaches our plates (or our bellies). That has serious impacts on the planet's water, energy, and wildlife! Try exercising these tips to drop those food waste pounds

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  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

    December 13, 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of our biggest conservation successes of the year. And we couldn’t have done it without your support.

    Myanmar Elephant Restricted Campaign
  • Top chefs take on food waste: A Q&A with Chef Dan Barber of "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste"

    November 21, 2017

    WWF sat down with Chef Dan Barber to discuss cooking, food waste, and what we can do improve our current food system.

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  • How to reduce food waste this holiday season

    November 20, 2017

    If you’re passionate about conservation, consider this: preventing and reducing food waste is one of the best things you can do to conserve natural resources and wildlife. Check out these tips to avoid tossing food in the trash this holiday season. 

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  • What is the environmental impact of sushi?

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Sushi is a global gastronomic mainstay. But our appetite for these seaweed-wrapped morsels isn't without environmental costs. Get the raw facts here.
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  • Bittersweet: chocolate's impact on the environment

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    At least 2,000 years ago, people in the Americas began cultivating the cocoa tree for its dark, bitter beans, which they brewed into a drink spiced with hot peppers. Today, we blend the beans with milk and sugar and call the stuff chocolate.
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  • Will there be enough fish to feed the world in 2050?

    January 13, 2017

    The world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050. 

    Disappointingly small catch of Southern hake
  • Look for the label: Shopping for sustainable food

    October 25, 2016

    By choosing certified sustainable foods, you can send a message to your favorite grocery stores and brands that sustainability matters to you. Just look for the follow ecolabels that identify responsibly produced foods. And if you can’t find them, ask your favorite retailers and brands to start selling certified sustainable products.

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  • Fight climate change by preventing food waste

    October 13, 2016

    One-third of all the food produced goes to waste. Food waste is both a humanitarian concern and drives climate change. Here are some tips to prevent food waste. 

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  • Experiencing a feast for the senses in Cuba

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Taking in the spectacular view from our table at Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso, it was hard to imagine the day getting any better—until lunch was served.
    Cuba hotel horizon Winter 2016 Magazine
  • Reimagine your refrigerator to help freeze the footprint of your food

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    Reimagine your refrigerator to help freeze the footprint of your food
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  • Making shrimp sustainable in Thailand

    Shrimp farming is associated with mangrove destruction, water pollution, and illegal fishing and labor practices, but WWF is working with some of the world’s most innovative and conscientious farmers to demonstrate that shrimp production can be environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable.

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  • Ice cream's impact on the environment

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
  • Sea turtles and shrimp cocktail: what’s the connection?

    Sea turtles are some of the most majestic, long-living animals in the ocean, yet hundreds of thousands of them are accidentally caught and die in shrimp nets and other fishing gear each year. Endangered loggerheads, green turtles, and leatherbacks are especially vulnerable.

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  • Tigers and pesto: what’s the connection?

    With flavor as bright as its color, pesto is a delicious treat. But pine nuts are a key food for the Amur tiger’s main prey. If we consume pine nuts faster than the trees can replenish, we’re taking away food from tiger’s prey and, ultimately, tigers.

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