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 The work is motivated by our desire to provide clarity to the often highly polarised debate around livestock production and consumption, and the merits or otherwise of different production systems.

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Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders have announced the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.
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 Conventional agriculture isn’t cheap. From the use of artificial fertilizer and pesticides to the obesity epidemic, our current food system has a number of hidden costs to the natural environment and human health, far outweighing the benefits of cheap food.