SmartPlants and SmartFarms for Global Food, Feed, and Fiber Security

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Meeting the food, feed, and fiber needs of a growing world population represents one of the signature challenges of this century. The UN FAO estimates that food production alone must increase by 70 percent by 2050 to meet the needs of a projected nine billion people. Demand will also increase for livestock feed, biofuel feedstocks, fiber for paper products, and construction materials. Meeting these demands will require implementation of advanced technologies, sustainable management of natural resources, and coordination of political forces. We must think beyond the boundaries of traditional agriculture, to integrate breakthroughs in plant science, engineering, environmental sciences, and other disciplines...

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