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.
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.
Central photo: N Maynor; license: CC BY 2.0
Background photo: Ellemgee Photography / Suzie’s Farm; license:
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0