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How to feed 10 billion mouths: preparing for 2050

In about 30 years, the world’s population will have increased by nearly half. Expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, the rising number will continue to put pressure on the demand for food. At the same time, there has been an increasing loss of crops and livestock, due to genetic concerns and climatic factors. These […]

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Resistance – a documentary about antibiotic resistance

“Antibiotics were the only thing we ever had in all of human history that really stopped infectious diseases, and we just took this miraculous thing and just completely squandered it. It just astonishes me that we don’t ask ourselves how is it that we squandered this, and why can’t we stop.” Maryn McKenna. Brought to […]

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Environment Science

Scientists attack maize’s fungal invader to save lost crops

Global health and food security is being threatened by fungus, as the fungus Aspergillus has been invading maize crops across the world. This is a problem because the fungus produces a protein called aflatoxin, which is toxic to humans and other animals, making the corn inedible. The toxic protein can cause liver cancer, as the […]

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Environment Science

The current realities and future of the urban agriculture scene

This is an urban world: over half of the globe’s entire population lives in cities. But while these metropolises are neatly compacted into dense cities, feeding these bustling busybodies demands huge amounts of agricultural land for food. 38 per cent of the Earth’s surface is used to produce food, but our population continues to rise: […]