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New recipe looks back for how to feed the world

norman-borlaug

When it comes to feeding Earth’s masses of people who regularly go hungry, a few things are clear: communism’s large-scale, collective farms don’t work, and breeding for specific traits in staple crops can boost yields, sometimes significantly. After all, two of the most significant agricultural successes of the past 50 years—a period marked by explosive [...]

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Can the world’s richest man feed the planet?

Echoing luminaries before him—from Norman Borlaug to Kofi Annan—the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, called last night for a second Green Revolution focused on African farmers. That revolution won’t just be in new crop varieties and higher yields but also in farmer training and infrastructure—and, perhaps most controversially, will be genetically modified. "Three quarters of [...]

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