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August 19th, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

Some 2.5 billion consumers in 89 countries already depend on wheat as a staple food, and demand is expected to rise significantly as the world’s population tops 9 billion or more and 6.3 billion city dwellers buy convenience food. With approximately 15 percent of the planet’s arable land planted with wheat, this ancient grain is the world’s most widely grown staple food crop and is thus critical to global food security. However, wheat faces threats from climate change, variable weather, disease, predators and many other challenges. Read more …