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Food for Thought

Science profoundly influences our understanding of what we eat, where our food comes from, and whether it's healthy or safe for us. We're making the science of food more accessible because everybody has a stake in a safe, healthy, and sustainable food system.

How algae could help save us from the impending freshwater crisis

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The microscopic organism grows easily in salt water without any trouble

Rachel Nuwer

You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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That steak is a stretchy biological machine

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Sure, meat is made of animal muscles. But what even are muscles?

Daniel Bojar, ETH Zurich

Here's everything you need to know to grow your own hamburgers

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Sara Oliveira, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

Here's how we're growing meat in labs instead of in animals

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Sara Oliveira, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

Is it safe to eat GMO foods?

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Here's everything that science tells us

Devang Mehta, University of Alberta

GMOs can help us adapt to climate change

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Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How farmers on the Great Plains are changing the local climate

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Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Virginia Commonwealth University

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What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

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Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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What modern conservationists can learn from humanity's long history with rainforests

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There's a growing body of evidence that humans have been modifying tropical forests for over 40,000 years

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University