Nourishing people and planet as interconnected systems that create opportunities for digital agriculture, circularity, markets and economic development, and impactful local solutions from New York to the world.
Resilient agri-food systems are essential to human existence. Global food networks must adapt to feed a population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, while also contending with land, water and energy shortages caused by a warming planet. CALS seeks to develop novel ways to boost food production and nutrition and conserve resources—ensuring a nutritious, accessible, equitable, and sustainable food supply for all.
Mario has found that plant-based alternatives to beef have the potential to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but their growth in popularity could disrupt the agricultural workforce, threatening more than 1.5 million industry jobs.
Learn more about Mario Herrero and his work.
Opportunities to support
Faculty, program support & research
CALS globally recognized faculty are the cornerstone of our reputation as a premier institution of scientific learning. Support CALS faculty and graduate students working on a multitude of issues around 21st century agri-food systems.
Student support & affordability
Scholarships enable Cornell to recruit and enroll the most promising scholars and garner a diverse student population. CALS supports students to ensure their success through programs such as peer mentoring, E3, CALS navigator, and experiential learning opportunities.
Establishing a named Moonshot fund or supporting the established Redesigning 21st Century Agri-Food Systems Moonshot fund offers CALS leadership the greatest flexibility to take advantage of innovative and emerging opportunities, and will be used to bolster CALS' strengths in support of initiatives focused on 21st century agri-food systems.
The impact of giving
On June 2, the Ithaca theater organization Civic Ensemble will premiere “Fertile Grounds,” a community-based play that invites the audience onto a fictional farming cooperative involving people of color to explore the relationship of grief...
Following a mid-May freeze, two Cornell viticulture experts are advising grape growers in New York on how to rescue their season, as vineyards now face a reduced crop and economic loss.