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    This collection brings together articles discussing the science and societal implications of engineered food, from genome-edited crops and computer-aided food engineering to cellular agriculture, nanotechnology-enabled plant agriculture and agricultural robotics.

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    In celebration of the World Food Day 2023, themed “Water is life, water is food”, this Collection brings together research and commentary on water-based food systems, the pressure that food systems exert on the planet’s water resources, and strategies to mitigate these impacts.

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  • Policies for supporting domestic grain production propose converting large areas of marginal and low-grade arable land into strategic cropland reserves. This process will require advances in science and land engineering, and presents opportunities to revitalize social, economic and ecological systems in rural China.

    • Jichang Han
    • Brett Anthony Bryan
    • Yang Zhang
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  • Despite decades of resistance in the USA, agroecology is gaining momentum as a catalyst for food systems transformation, calling for coordinated action between science, practice and movement to dismantle the dominant industrial paradigm.

    • Theresa W. Ong
    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    • Hannah Duff
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  • Working conditions in food systems remain precarious across the globe. Little scientific guidance exists on what works where when it comes to initiatives aimed at addressing this issue. Investments in large-scale, nationally representative agricultural worker data are needed to properly document the scale and nature of working conditions and better guide policy design and implementation.

    • Eva-Marie Meemken
    • Diane Charlton
    • Henry Stemmler
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  • Crop pest invasions and their interactions with climate change may have been overlooked in crop yield projections, hindering the development of climate-resilient and sustainable agriculture. A harmonized strategy is proposed to integrate such interactions into crop yield projections and management under climate change scenarios.

    • Chengjun Li
    • Huan Zhong
    • Christian Sonne
    Comment
  • Building soil health and manipulating the soil microbiome, alongside targeted plant breeding that prioritizes preferential root architectural development, hold the key to the future success of regenerative agriculture. Greater integration is needed between disciplines focused on the rhizosphere scale with plant, microbiome and soil scientists working at the wider farm scale.

    • Sacha J. Mooney
    • Gabriel Castrillo
    • Malcolm J. Bennett
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