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Anjana Ahuja on food security, empathy starvation and the spaceflight anniversary

By Anjana Ahuja   April 2011

Details of a huge research project on the British landscape are being finalised. Co-ordinated by York University, the £13m study aims to look at how our green and pleasant land will be affected by challenges such as climate change and demand for biofuels. The focus will be on biodiversity, and how landscapes change in response to the creatures and plants they host. Farmers and ramblers will also contribute to the six-year scoping exercise, funded by the Natural Research Environment Council.

By 2050, the world will have an estimated 9bn citizens. How will Britain help feed them, while making sure those…

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