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Plant scientists can’t ignore Jevons paradox anymore

Although the ‘rebound effect’ is well established in environmental economics, the sometimes paradoxical effects of yield increase are rarely questioned within the plant science community. Acknowledging the curse of efficiency can help us to reframe our societal goals from performance at all cost to resilience.

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Fig. 1: Jevons paradox, or the curse of efficiency.


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Hamant, O. Plant scientists can’t ignore Jevons paradox anymore. Nat. Plants 6, 720–722 (2020).

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