Environment Reports

Briefings on the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today

Published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Environment Reports is a collaboration between an international group of scientists, writers, and designers to combine incisive narratives about environmental challenges, backed up by cutting-edge data.

Food Matters, the first report, focuses on the sustainability of our global food system.

As the global population grows, so do the world’s sustainability challenges. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand our environmental systems and the most effective ways to move forward. Whether you’re an educator, a business leader, a policymaker, or an engaged citizen, Food Matters provides a powerful means to understand and communicate environmental problems and solutions.


We are pleased to share Food Matters under the terms of Creative Commons’ Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. Attribute Food Matters as the source, and link to the original report at the beginning of your post. You are also welcome to include just the beginning of an article with a link to continue reading. Please email us with a link to the republished article or feature on your site.

Graphs, infographics, and other data visualizations are included in this license. Photography and other images are not included. For additional questions, email us.

Contributors vary according to the subject, and are credited at the bottom of each feature.

The contents of each report are those of the contributors, and not necessarily of the Institute on the Environment, the University of Minnesota, or other contributors, funders, and partners. 


Review and analysis for Food Matters features related to global environmental change supports the Belmont Forum/FACCE-JPI funded DEVIL project.

Input from partners at Earthstat.org contributed to data analysis.


Funding for this project was largely provided by a grant from the Mosaic Company. Related funding for research and analysis was provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The funders had no role in design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of site content.