The true cost of food is far higher than what you spend at the checkout counter

A new UN report finds that the true global cost of producing food is $12.7 trillion more than consumers pay at the checkout counter. We pay those uncounted costs in other ways.

Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 28, 2024 ~10 min

MIT researchers map the energy transition’s effects on jobs

A county-by-county study shows where the U.S. job market will evolve most during the move to clean energy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min

How to avoid a “winner’s curse” for social programs

When interventions or policies perform well in studies, they may disappoint later on. An MIT economist’s tools can help planners recognize this trap.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min

How the brain responds to reward is linked to socioeconomic background

An MIT study finds the brains of children who grow up in less affluent households are less responsive to rewarding experiences.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
Jan. 22, 2024 ~8 min

Think wine is a virtue, not a vice? Nutrition label information surprised many US consumers

People may be surprised when they read a nutrition label on a bottle of wine. The industry should take note.

Deidre Popovich, Associate Professor of Marketing, Texas Tech University • conversation
Jan. 22, 2024 ~5 min

Why billionaires should take the lead and declare their own emissions cutting targets

Research shows prominent individuals can influence the rest of us.

Steve Westlake, Research Fellow, Climate Leadership, Cardiff University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2024 ~6 min

Blueprint Labs launches a charter school research collaborative

Collaborative brings together charter school policy, practice, and research communities to help make research on charters more actionable, rigorous, and policy-relevant.

Talia Gerstle | Amanda Schmidt | Blueprint Labs • mit
Jan. 19, 2024 ~6 min

Bridging the gap between preschool policy, practice, and research

At the MIT Blueprint Labs Preschool Research Convening, practitioners present studies on early childhood education and discuss future directions.

Talia Gerstle | Amanda Schmidt | Blueprint Labs • mit
Jan. 10, 2024 ~7 min

Study: Colon cancer screenings are more effective than previously understood

By reevaluating existing data, researchers find the procedure is even more valuable than consensus had indicated.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Dec. 19, 2023 ~6 min

Human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation: the 'loss and damage' from climate change a fund will not compensate

Though hard to quantify, the social consequences of climate change are vast.

Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Associate Professor in Policy and Intersectionality, UCL & Honorary Senior Researcher, United Nations University • conversation
Dec. 12, 2023 ~8 min