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New food technologies could release 80% of the world's farmland back to nature

By Chris D Thomas, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York
Jack Hatfield, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York
Katie Noble, PhD Candidate, Leverhulme Center for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York
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Here’s the basic problem for conservation at a global level: food production, biodiversity and carbon storage in ecosystems are competing for the same land. As humans demand more food, so more forests and other natural ecosystems are cleared, and farms intensify and become less hospitable to many wild animals and plants. Therefore global conservation, currently focused on the COP15…The Conversation


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