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  • Aligning an organization’s food consumption with ambitious biodiversity targets involves complex steps but is instrumental for the protection of biodiversity nationally and globally.

    • Kristian Steensen Nielsen
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  • Food systems must transform to provide undernourished people with greater access to nutrient-rich foods. While there has been a push to increase volumes of food production, too little attention has been paid to the factors that enable access to nutritious aquatic foods.

    • Kendra A. Byrd
    • Phillipa J. Cohen
    • Sloans Chimatiro
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  • Nano-enabled fertilizers and pesticides can bring new economic benefits to agricultural practices with reduced environmental impacts. Moving forward, nano-enabled agrochemicals should continue to be optimized for greater efficiency.

    • Dengjun Wang
    • Jason C. White
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  • Meeting future food demand while mitigating the social and environmental externalities associated with the agricultural sector will require creative, multi-scalar and synergistic strategies.

    • Emily K. Burchfield
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  • The EDGAR-FOOD database presents a way forward in quantifying the impacts of air pollutants emitted from the global food system on human health and crops.

    • Srinidhi Balasubramanian
    • Deepakshi Babbar
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  • Farm animals in circular food systems upcycle non-competing feedstuff and therefore reduce feed–food competition. This can increase global food supply while reducing pressure on the Earth’s system.

    • Hannah H. E. van Zanten
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  • Working across agriculture–nutrition domains, nutrition balance sheets provide farm-to-fork estimates of the availability of dietary nutrients for human consumption.

    • Edward J. M. Joy
    • Diriba B. Kumssa
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  • Food systems change across space and time. Lessons to steer food systems towards sustainability can be drawn from studying the drivers and implications of these changes through a systems-based food system classification (typology).

    • Robel Alemu
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  • A precision compost strategy (PCS) has been proposed to improve soil fertility and achieve higher yields. For wider adoption of the PCS, costs and environmental trade-offs need to be considered, knowledge dissemination enhanced, and financial incentives implemented.

    • Shu Kee Lam
    • Longlong Xia
    • Deli Chen
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  • The discovery of a natural variation in an ancient rice variety shows the way to reduce the harmful element cadmium in a key food without sacrificing yield and concentrations of other essential nutrients.

    • Steve P. McGrath
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  • Nuclear weapons obliterate targets. The soot ejected into the stratosphere spreads, changing global weather patterns. When weapons are especially high yielding, the resultant soot could trigger global famine.

    • Deepak K. Ray
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  • Simulation studies can provide valuable input to governance actors when choosing which measures to adopt in the pursuit of food security. However, such studies often neglect spillover effects and rarely simulate the targeted nature of governance interventions or factor in value-chain dynamics.

    • Aogán Delaney
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  • Advancing wheat sowing dates has a large benefit to crop yields in the Eastern Ganges Plain of India. The contribution of better crop calendar management to yield gains should be studied more extensively around the world, especially in underperforming regions.

    • Beibei Liu
    • Yi Yang
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  • Nutrient security in the United Kingdom appears to be stable and secure, but it is unclear whether this will continue to be the case if dietary patterns change, or if new trade arrangements emerge.

    • Alan Matthews
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  • In silico cultivar selection estimates that the global potential wheat yield may be doubled. However, there remain many challenges in leveraging the yield potential into practice.

    • Toshihiro Hasegawa
    • Lloyd T. Wilson
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  • Principles encompassed in ‘less but better’ meat could shift meat production and consumption towards greater sustainability. A systematic review identifies inconsistencies in the term’s definition and explores different interpretations that could lead to a shared vision of meat within food systems.

    • Maeve M. Henchion
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  • Food production in a given solar footprint is limited by the efficiency of natural photosynthesis. Now, a hybrid electrochemical–biological artificial photosynthesis system demonstrates the potential for food synthesis from CO2 and electricity, enabling a paradigm shift in food production.

    • Tuo Wang
    • Jinlong Gong
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  • A cost-effective, high-throughput fibre-based food packaging approach using non-toxic, biodegradable biopolymer materials offers a strategy to considerably increase food safety and security while minimizing food waste.

    • Yi Wang
    • Jaya Borgatta
    • Jason C. White
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  • Trade enables food access and is therefore key to achieving global food security. However, greenhouse gas emissions associated with food transport are many times higher than what was indicated by previous estimates.

    • Prajal Pradhan
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  • Climate change will severely influence the yield, production and water demand of processing tomatoes. Atmospheric CO2 concentration may offset, but not fully compensate, the adverse effects of elevated temperatures.

    • Ehsan Eyshi Rezaei
    • Heidi Webber
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