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  • Bioinspired, biodegradable seed coatings delivering plant growth promoting bacteria, osmolytes, and carbon sources provide a new tool to grow crops under the abiotic stressors accompanying climate change and marginalized soils.

    • David W. Britt
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  • Large-scale modelling underscores the need to reduce phosphorus fertilizer application in rich countries and increase it in poor regions. Yet, the realization of associated economic and environmental benefits will require complementary analyses locally.

    • Philip M. Haygarth
    • Mariana C. Rufino
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  • Brexit may compromise diet-related health in the United Kingdom — but the risks could be mitigated with trade agreements, subsidy reform and nutrition policy.

    • Alan Matthews
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  • Marginal areas of rice production have the potential to meet increasing oil palm demand in India, without sacrificing forests and associated biodiversity.

    • Giovanni Strona
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  • Efficient use of light can improve crop yields and qualitative performance for controlled-environment agriculture. A spectral-shifting, unidirectional light-extracting photonic thin film has the potential to boost photosynthesis to improve greenhouse lettuce yield.

    • Giuseppina Pennisi
    • Francesco Orsini
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  • A global analysis of consumer expenditure along the food supply chain indicates the importance of post-farmgate activities and how socioeconomic indicators may affect it.

    • Laurian J. Unnevehr
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  • Land use change, livestock production and human encroachment into wildlife habitats drive zoonotic emergence. Quantitative analyses of horseshoe bat populations provide evidence for how food systems may contribute to hotspots of potential zoonotic spillover.

    • Monia Santini
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  • Landscape diversity is critical to enhance agricultural sustainability and resilience. A realistic and achievable route towards adding complexity and biodiversity into agricultural landscapes may be through precision conservation.

    • Bruno Basso
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  • Current global nutrient availability poses a barrier to the complete shift from conventional to organic food production. Policies must be developed to overcome nutrient limitation and increase grower experience with organic production methods.

    • David W. Crowder
    • Javier G. Illan
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  • Publicly funded technological innovations, strategic policy implementation and private sector upscaling have facilitated greater demand and lower costs for certain foods in the past. Can lessons be learned for transitioning towards healthy, sustainable diets?

    • Lindsay M. Jaacks
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  • Agriculture is the main contributor to global water scarcity but not all diets contribute equally. Modifying what, and how much, we eat could reduce the impact of our diets on global water resources.

    • Tim Hess
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  • Food contains thousands of different trace natural compounds, many of which remain largely unmeasured and undocumented. The network medicine approach sheds new light on how polyphenols, among the most important of these trace compounds, impact human health.

    • Dariush Mozaffarian
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  • An assessment of global inequality in agriculture, food and health indicators between 1970–2010 reveals that significant progress has been made in some countries, but more is needed to achieve a truly equitable food system that delivers for the diets, nutrition and health of all people.

    • Shauna M. Downs
    • Elizabeth L. Fox
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  • Transgenic maize for human consumption and livestock feed has the capacity to increase yields for a variety of farming operations in Africa and the potential to ensure food security in the face of climate change.

    • David Zilberman
    • Jacob Lefler
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  • Without breakthroughs for adaptation, rising temperatures in the hottest wheat-producing environments, such as Sudan, could reduce domestic production, increase dependency on imports and threaten food security for millions.

    • Kindie Tesfaye
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  • A study of the grain trade during 2020 indicates that policies to protect supply chains must be enacted to avoid supply chain shocks such as COVID-19 and locust swarms exacerbating food insecurity in global regions that rely on food imports.

    • Louise Manning
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  • Effects of national policies on crop yield and nitrogen losses can be disentangled from environmental conditions using spatial discontinuities between international borders.

    • Gilles Billen
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  • Climate change increases the frequency and severity of drought in many agricultural regions. A novel big-data approach has been designed to shed light on the interactions between agronomic and environmental factors affecting the sensitivity of crop yields to drought.

    • Francois Tardieu
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  • An assessment of the climate vulnerability of the UK’s fruit and vegetable supply is a useful starting point for considering the health, environment, and social trade-offs of international trade in food.

    • Colin K. Khoury
    • Andy Jarvis
    • Andrew D. Jones
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