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Agricultural sciences

Changing climate patterns have caused a monumental shift in the world’s agricultural processes. With water scarcity and soil carbon depletion threatening food production, farmers and scientists have had to get innovative to protect their yields – and in the process find new ways to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. Nature investigates the environmental costs of the agricultural industry and how farmers are preparing for a climate-altered future.

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