Publications

Whether you’re a policymaker, a member of the media, or just someone seeking well-researched, trusted, and non-partisan scientific information, CAST offers a wealth of publications on a wide range of agricultural science topics.

These papers have been created by recognized experts in their respective fields, and they are written in a style that makes their content accessible to anyone wishing to understand the issues.

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Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Production: Opportunities and Challenges
November, 2020

This issue paper presents opportunities provided by ground and aerial robots for improved crop and animal production, and the challenges associated with their progress and adoption.

Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger
October, 2020

This new paper covers the wide range of inter-disciplinary topics encompassed by biofortification including the economic justification for biofortification, bioavailability and efficacy of biofortified crops, crop development, catalyzing the scale up of biofortification, and the potential of transgenic approaches in biofortification.

The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society
September, 2020

This paper discusses the crucial factors of what we define as empirically based science (rigorous, proven methodologies, and peer reviewed results), emphasizing that whether science is conducted by a private company, a university, or a government department or agency, it is all the same, requiring that sound methodologies be followed.

Impacto del Principio Precautorio en la Alimentación de las Generaciones Actuales y Futuras
September, 2020

Luego de un análisis basado en investigaciones y un proceso de revisión por pares, los autores de este artículo del CAST lo dejan claro: “El principio precautorio bien podría ser concepto más innovador, penetrante y significativo en la política ambiental del último cuarto de siglo. También puede ser el más temerario, arbitrario y mal aconsejado.” Los autores ejemplifican fallas que presenta el PP al intentar ofrecer un marco confiable y razonado para su aplicación en la gestión de riesgos.

Agriculture and the Microbiome
August, 2020

Modern agriculture is successful today because of advances in mechanization, breeding, nutrients (e.g., fertilization), and pest and disease management, all of which enhance crop productivity and provide greater food security. Expanding the use of crop microbiomes to improve plant production is the next agricultural revolution.

Impacts on Human Health and Safety of Naturally Occurring and Supplemental Hormones in Food Animals
July, 2020

Since the end of the Second World War, the United States has pursued a national policy of an abundant and inexpensive food supply. Increased animal productivity has improved efficiencies of animal production and reduced the carbon footprint for production of meat, milk, and eggs. Some components of the technologies employed by animal producers to improve efficiency of animal production include improved nutrition and reproduction; advances in genetics; and health and management practices; as well as feed additives, hormonal treatments, and growth enhancing technologies (GETs).

Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets
June, 2020

This paper examines the many economic factors and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the agriculture sector.

Stewardship Challenges for New Pest Management Technologies in Agriculture
May, 2020

Technology is a key enabler of more efficient agricultural production as growers attempt to meet the cost-effective need for increased food, fiber, and bioenergy, while managing limited inputs, conserving valuable natural resources, and protecting environmental quality. Each new pest management technology (weed, insect, disease) developed brings a number of benefits and risks—environmental, health, resistance—that must be considered and managed through effective stewardship practices to ensure that benefits are fully realized while risks are minimized.

Producing Food Products from Cultured Animal Tissues
April, 2020

Today, the technology necessary to culture cells for human consumption in the form of cell cultivated meat is developing at a rapid pace. Milestones to bring these products to market for consumer purchase are being achieved quickly, and media attention has dramatically increased. Still, there are many questions that need to be addressed before cell cultivated meat is ready for the dinner table.

Impact of Recruitment and Retention of Food Animal Veterinarians on the U.S. Food Supply
April, 2020

Why is it so difficult to recruit and retain food animal veterinarians in the United States? And how might this impact the future food supply?