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Agricultural Scientists Too Thin On Ground

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AGRICULTURAL science, food and natural resource management have never been more important, argues Mark Adams, dean of the University of Sydney’s faculty of agriculture, food and natural resources.

“Carbon, water, food. This is what it is about,” he says. “The world is going to be desperate for food, is desperate for food, and will be increasingly hard pressed to supply it.”

Adams points out that some big food-producing nations, including Australia, are facing great changes in water availability. “In many cases the farmers are working with soils that are old,” he says.

“They have adapted their techniques successfully in the past, but we are looking at a fairly big challenge to adapt again.”

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