Reengineering Photosynthesis

TREND #4 Nothing is more important to human health and well-being than an adequate supply of nutritious food. Over the last 50 years, malnutrition has invariably been the result of failures to make food accessible, not its global production. In fact, over this period, we have seen large surpluses of all the major crops, and that’s why shortages have remained a distant concern for most of the global population. The most important primary foodstuffs, in terms of millions of metric tons, are corn, rice, wheat, and soybeans. These four crops account for about two-thirds of the calories consumed worldwide. Moreover, the average global yield per unit area of land, for each of these crops, has more than doubled since 1960....

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