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August 08, 2013
Existing cropland could feed four billion more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Aug 08, 2013
The world's croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing exclusively food for human consumption, according to new research from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Even a smaller, partial shift from crop-intensive livestock such as feedlot beef to food animals such as chicken or pork could increase agricultural efficiency and provide food for millions, the study says. "We essenti ... read more
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Researchers re-evaluate swine nutrition
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Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests
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One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest
Researchers in the University of Arizona's department of ecology and evolutionary biology have found that despite differences in appearance, trees across species share remarkably similar architectur ... more
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