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Greenhouse cultivation for more sustainable food systems

Society must revisit the currently dominant agricultural production model based on land expansion and intensification. Greenhouse cultivation represents a promising alternative, particularly in the Global South.

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J.R.L. is partially supported by the CASDAR Fontes des semis project funded by the French Ministry of Agriculture.

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