Category: Our World in Data

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Can we reduce fertilizer use without sacrificing food production?

Can we reduce fertilizer use without sacrificing food production?

You might notice that most of the largest polluters are middle-income countries. During the 1960s and 1970s, many of today’s middle-income countries k [...]
Excess fertilizer use: Which countries cause environmental damage by overapplying fertilizers?

Excess fertilizer use: Which countries cause environmental damage by overapplying fertilizers?

This research finds that globally farmers apply around 115 million tonnes of nitrogen to our crops every year. Only around 35% of this is used by them [...]
To protect the world’s wildlife we must improve crop yields – especially across Africa

To protect the world’s wildlife we must improve crop yields – especially across Africa

Ellis, E. C., Beusen, A. H., & Goldewijk, K. K. (2020). Anthropogenic Biomes: 10,000 BCE to 2015 CE. Land, 9(5), 129.Williams, D. R., Clark, M., B [...]
Depression is complicated – this is how our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Depression is complicated – this is how our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Wallace, E. R., & Gach, J. (Eds.). (2008). History of psychiatry and medical psychology: With an epilogue on psychiatry and the mind-body relation [...]
Depression is complicated and our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Depression is complicated and our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Wallace, E. R., & Gach, J. (Eds.). (2008). History of psychiatry and medical psychology: With an epilogue on psychiatry and the mind-body relation [...]
Smallholders produce one-third of the world’s food, less than half of what many headlines claim

Smallholders produce one-third of the world’s food, less than half of what many headlines claim

Lowder, S. K., Skoet, J., & Raney, T. (2016). The number, size, and distribution of farms, smallholder farms, and family farms worldwide. World De [...]
How much of the world’s food production is dependent on pollinators?

How much of the world’s food production is dependent on pollinators?

Rader, R., Bartomeus, I., Garibaldi, L. A., Garratt, M. P., Howlett, B. G., Winfree, R., … & Woyciechowski, M. (2016). Non-bee insects are importa [...]
Child Mortality: an everyday tragedy of enormous scale that we can make progress against

Child Mortality: an everyday tragedy of enormous scale that we can make progress against

As I’ve written before, it is true that all three statements are true at the same time: The world is much better, the world is awful, the world can be [...]
Smoking: How large of a global problem is it? And how can we make progress against it?

Smoking: How large of a global problem is it? And how can we make progress against it?

The two regularly updated studies on the global death toll from tobacco use – published respectively by the World Health Organization and the Institut [...]
Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet

Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet

A useful way to bring context to food prices is to compare the cost of a healthy diet with the median income of countries across the world.Both of the [...]
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