Increase harvest frequency, boost food supply

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Monday, November 25, 2013

A study from Consortium member Institute on the Environment (IonE) introduced a new concept: harvest gap—the difference between actual per-year harvest frequency and the maximum potential frequency. Closing the gap could theoretically boost worldwide food production more than 44 percent. More frequent cropping, the authors write, represents a potentially powerful "third way" of increasing food production, in addition to expanding cropland and increasing harvest yields. Read the study in Environmental Research Letters