Summary #938

Beyond the green revolution

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  • Based on data from India, scientists estimate that diversifying crops could be beneficial for the quality of food, as well as the environment.
  • There are 200 million undernourished people in India, which is partially caused by the fact that most farmers grow the same crops -- rice in particular.
  • Promoting different crops, and encouraging farmers to grow them, could increase protein in food by up to 5%, and iron in food by up to 49%.
  • It could also save up to 13% of calories lost during droughts, reduce demand for water by up to 21%, and reduce energy use by up to 12%.

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