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1 The Challenge of Sustainable Agriculture
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... 2020. United Nations World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change.
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... .7 At the same time, more than 2 billion adults and children are overweight or obese, in part because of a worldwide trend toward eating more processed foods and higher quantities of salt, sugar, and fat.8 Increasing rates of obesity have in turn boosted the number of diet-related chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some kinds of cancers. The US-UK Scientific Forum on Sustainable Agriculture It was against this backdrop that the National Academy of Sciences and the United Kingdom's Royal Society convened leading scientists and practitioners in the fields of agricultural sciences, food policy, biodiversity, and environmental science (among others)
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... Sessions at the forum were organized into four themes: enhancing food security in a rapidly changing climate, agriculture's positive and negative effects on biodiversity and environmental health, agroecosystem productivity and agro-food system efficiency, and consumption behaviors, nutrition, and policy. This summary of the forum draws on three sources: the presentations by participants, the discussions following the presentations, and the plenary reports from small groups that met for 1 hour on the second day of the forum to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture.

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