In India, climate change is already forcing farmers to adapt to saltwater intrusion, flooding and droughts. International scientists are racing to breed a new batch of climate-resilient super seeds that can survive these changes. But many traditional farmers are instead relying on the seeds that sustained their ancestors. Credits Producer, Reporter and Camera: Sam Eaton […]
Sam Eaton is an independent radio and television journalist based in Los Angeles. His reporting on complex environmental issues from climate change to population growth has taken him all over the United States and the world.
Singapore looks skyward to take farming in new directions
In Singapore, the challenge of feeding a growing population is pushing the concept of urban farming to new heights. A super-efficient vertical farming system is producing greens for the 5 million residents of the crowded Southeast Asian island city-state. The new system is helping to increase Singapore’s food security, while also helping to reduce the […]
Costa Rica farmers see value in biodiversity
Agriculture represents one of the biggest threats to the planet’s biodiversity. But in Costa Rica, farmers are discovering that preserving nature on their land may be their best defense against a changing climate. Credits Producer, Reporter and Camera: Sam Eaton Co-Producer: Cassandra Herrman Editor: Linda Peckham Additional Editing: Adithya Sambamurthy Translation: Ambar Espinoza Transcription: Karishma […]
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Scaling up: Vietnamese fish farms search for eco-friendly formula
In Vietnam, large-scale fish farmers look to capture a piece of the fast-growing market for sustainable fish. As Sam Eaton reports, making it work isn’t easy. Scaling up Vietnamese fish farms search for eco-friendly formula SAM EATON/HOMELANDS PRODUCTIONS This farm near the Cambodian border belongs to Tran Van Tach. Small farms now account for just […]
Graying farmers force Japan to rethink food system
As its farmers get too old to till the soil, Japan grapples with a question that many industrialized nations now face: Who will grow our food in the future? TRANSCRIPT Introduction: We turn now to Japan, where a rapidly aging population is forcing the country to reconsider the way it feeds itself. Our story is […]
Philippines: Too many mouths?
The Philippines can no longer feed itself. That leaves two options: Increase supply or try to do something about demand.
Turning the population tide
This story also appeared on PBS NEWSHOUR. A related story can be found on American Public Media’s Marketplace. The Philippines’ swelling population is causing fishing villages to embrace birth control for the first time, and not just as a means to plan their families. They also see it as a path to long-term food security, […]