The technological battle to raise agricultural productivity while reducing the environmental impact of farming is taking place across a broad front.
Genetic engineering of crops receives the most publicity, as much because it is so controversial as because it has the most to offer, but there are many other promising approaches.
Precision farming – the use of information technology to monitor crops and guide the application of seeds and agricultural chemicals – is turning individual farmers into expert agronomists.
By Clive Cookson
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