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Could advanced microbes really replace synthetic fertilizer?

The emergence of synthetic biology offers the potential to engineer microbes to help us grow crops without the need for artificial fertilizer.

Saving the earth: How to sustainably boost soil health

Soil is essential to producing the food we eat. Unless we act now we could lose it in a generation.

Feeding ten billion: how can we farm our unfarmable land?

A quarter-pounder hamburger is meat, wheat, and veg—but it’s mostly meat. Americans eat more meat than anyone else on the planet, but meat is an inefficient food source.

From space to sea: The future of food production

Securing food for the Earth’s future population is one of the great challenges ahead. New technologies and techniques are helping to make this possible.

Mastering malaria: Is the end in sight for our oldest foe?

Since the turn of the century the world has made great strides in the prevention of malaria, but how close are we really to eradicating it completely?

Think global, act local: Our public health fight against tropical diseases

Tropical vector-borne diseases disproportionately affect the poorest nations in the world. To truly tackle them we need a holistic, collaborative approach.

Drip by drip: How we solve the global water scarcity crisis

Global demand for fresh water is rising fast, and around the world, scientists are hard at work on smart, sustainable solutions.

Small is bountiful: Why smallholder farmers feed our future

Smallholder farmers service an astonishing amount of the global food need; helping them take advantage of modern farming practices helps everyone.


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