Sustainability

U.S. peanut farmers believed in the sustainability of our natural resources long before it became popular. Farmers invest in the land and research to ensure a sustainable future. Discover the latest advances in research, technology and sustainable farming techniques here. 

5 Things You Don’t Know About Harvesting Peanuts

It's harvest time in Peanut Country. Discover how farmers get done. 

A 1690s Peanut is Reborn

The Carolina African Runner peanut, once thought extinct, re-emerges, giving farmers and chefs a new culinary adventure. At Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Lab, horticulturist Dr. Brian Ward stands for hours at a time carefully hand sorting, shelling and cleaning a small, distinctive and somewhat celebrated peanut known as the Carolina African Runner peanut. And like most rare finds, it has a story behind it.

Plastic Straws and Peanut Seeds: Think Small for Big Impact

Peanut breeders are thinking small and innovating with peanut seeds to improve the sustainability of peanut production. Developing new varieties that maximize peanuts’ already sustainable traits can help reduce the environmental impact of peanut farming, make production more cost-effective for farmers and make peanuts one of the most sustainable crops.

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

It’s no secret that many Americans fall short when it comes to eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and veggies, despite the health benefits. Many of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. So, why aren’t we getting enough? Here are some common barriers to fruit and veggie consumption, and strategies to help you add more produce to your plate.

Conserve Water with What You Eat

Forty states are expected to have water shortages over the next 10 years. U.S. communities are starting to face both quality and supply issues, unrelated to drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). America’s agriculture sector accounts for about 80% of U.S. water consumption, according to the USDA.

And peanuts are the most water efficient of all nuts, using only 3.2 gallons of water to produce one serving (1 ounce) compared to almonds, for example, which use 28.7 gallons per ounce. Worldwide peanut production contributes to just 1% of the global water footprint, which is the measure of water used to produce goods and services.

3 Fast Facts About Peanuts and the Environment

We hear about sustainability a lot these days. But what does sustainability mean to peanut farmers? To some peanut farmers it’s taking care of their land for their future grandchildren, or making sure they stay in business each year to feed their family and community. But in a nutshell, sustainability means enriching the land, our communities and people’s health.

Why Self-Pollination is a Good Thing for Peanuts…and Us

Peanuts are one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly food sources available today. A feature of its growing cycle — self-pollination — makes peanuts environmentally friendly.

Peanut Genomics Bring the Future Closer: Q&A with Dr. Corley Holbrook

Dr. Holbrook’s latest advancement. Recently, a peanut variety was developed using genetic markers resistant to leaf spot. This development could lead to reduced or eliminated spraying for leaf spot.

Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative Seeks to Drive Farm Improvement and Profitability

Sustainable U.S. Peanuts is an industry-born, industry-led and industry-financed initiative that aims to document the sustainability practices that go into producing peanuts.

Peanuts are the Food of the Future. Here's why.

With a population that will reach nine billion by 2050, there is a real need for sustainably sourced foods. Water-efficient, nutrient and energy-dense crops, such as peanuts, are key to meeting the food supply and nutrition demands of the future.

    

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