Cover picture: As compared with their conventional counterparts, local food systems may conserve natural resources but their large-scale capacity has been generally untested. A newly developed model estimates how many calories could be produced by farms within a radius of every US city, and shows that up to 90% of Americans could be fed entirely with food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes. MORE
Central photo: N Maynor; license: CC BY 2.0
Background photo: Ellemgee Photography / Suzie’s Farm; license:
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Frontiers is accepting submissions for our cool new series, launched in March 2015, entitled Natural History Notes. Each open access article showcases the natural history of an organism – its morphology and behavior, their habitats, or its roles in food webs and ecosystems. Each entry in the series consists of one or two striking photos, along with a short essay explaining the scientific “story” behind the photos.
From sacred ibis mummies, to predatory walruses, to tales of Africa’s baobab trees. Check out some of the curiosities of the natural world by downloading a FREE copy of Life Lines, the popular book by Adrian Burton, based on the Frontiers series. Go to: http://www.frontiersinecology.org/fron/life-lines-ebook/
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