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More than any other aspect of the climate crisis, it is the over-production of carbon dioxide that has been demonised – and rightly so. But nitrogen, and its abundant use in commercial fertiliser, also leads to air pollution and climate change. The problems are numerous.

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Milk that cannot be marketed, because it contains colostrum or because it comes from animals that are under treatment, represents an estimated volume of 16 million liters in Argentina and, in general, is used for feeding calves.

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Soon, soybeans will be bred to yield stable oil without the addition of dangerous trans fats. Lettuce will be grown to handle warmer, drier fields. Wheat to contain less gluten. And pigs bred to resist deadly viruses. Someday, maybe even strawberry plants whose delicate berries can be picked by machine instead of by hand.

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Globally, malnutrition, both from the perspective of sub-feeding and overweight, increases more and more and, as a consequence, generates negative effects on children's health, well-being and cognitive development.

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The University of California, Davis, will lead a new global research program to build and test ways to overcome some of the biggest remaining challenges for lifting and keeping rural families out of poverty in developing countries.