Forthcoming Publications

The titles below are approved CAST proposals that are currently in the writing phase with a volunteer task force comprised of scientists and subject matter experts from many disciplines.

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The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050 (Issue Paper Series)
This series looks at specific programs, policies, and techniques that will advance global food security. Topics will include issues in animal agriculture, food science, and crops and soils. Led by teams of experts, the Ag Innovation series focuses on smart science and intelligent innovation—the dramatic changes needed to accelerate productivity in crop and animal systems while reducing negative impacts on the environment. CAST will present the work to policymakers, corporate leaders, government officials, NGOs, students, stakeholder groups, and the general public.

Technologies on the Shelf—A Series Keynote Paper
(Issue Paper) Chair: Amit Dhingra, Washington State University.
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger
(Issue Paper) Chair: Howarth Bouis, CGIAR

Irrigation and Precision Crop Management Technologies
(Issue Paper)

Agriculture and the Microbiome
(Issue Paper) Cochairs: Ignazio Carbone and Megan Andrews, North Carolina State University.

Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture: Impact on Animals, Consumers, and Antibiotic Resistance
(Issue Paper) Chair: Mike Apley, Kansas State University.
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Big Data Arrives to Manage Agriculture and Food Safety
(Issue Paper)

Conventional and Organic Food Production: Food Quality and Safety

Gluten Tales and Truths
(Issue Paper)

GMO Free—The Impact on Consumers, Retailers, Farmers, and the Environment
(Issue Paper) Chair: Brandon McFadden, University of Florida.

Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Production: Opportunities and Challenges
(Issue Paper) Chair: Santosh Pitla, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Harmful Algal Blooms: Causes, Effects, and Mitigation

The Impact of Biogenic Methane from Ruminants on Climate Change
(Issue Paper) Chair: Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis

The Impact of CAST—50 Years of Influence in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society
(Commentary) Chair: Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs Protect Human Health, Environmental Sustainability, and the Economy
(Issue Paper)

Impacts on Human Health and Safety of Naturally Occurring and Supplemental Hormones in Food Animals
(Commentary) Chair: Robert Collier, University of Idaho

Pesticides in the Diet of Infants and Children: Scientists’ Review
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Recruiting and Educating Graduate Students to Become Researchers and Leaders in Global Agricultural Studies
(Commentary) Chair: Charles Rice, Kansas State University.

Review of Mycotoxin Impacts: Balancing Economic Costs with Animal and Human Health Adverse Effects Worldwide
(Issue Paper) Chair: Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University

A Review of the Economic and Environmental Impacts of International Trade
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

RNA Interference Technology in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance
(Issue Paper)

Scientific Evidence for the Risk and Benefits of Raw Milk
(Issue Paper) Chair: John Lucey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Surfactants in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

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