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For people with conditions such as celiac disease, avoiding gluten is crucial to health. However, sticking to a gluten-free diet is expensive, socially challenging and linked to nutritional inadequacies. (Shutterstock)

Gluten-free diet is expensive, socially challenging for those with celiac disease and wheat allergy

People with conditions such as celiac disease must follow a gluten-free diet to manage symptoms and health. But avoiding gluten is difficult, costly and linked to nutrition issues and quality of life.
The benefits of beans, lentils and other pulses go beyond the belly. (Shutterstock)

Benefits of pulses: Good for you and the planet

Today’s production of more, better food from the same amount land means that tomorrow’s population may not go hungry.
A farmer shows smaller-than-usual soybeans harvested due to drought conditions in Tallapoosa, Georgia. AP Photo/David Goldman

Reclaiming lost calories: Tweaking photosynthesis boosts crop yields

Many of the crop plants that feed us waste 20 percent of their energy, especially in hot weather. Plant geneticists prove that capturing this energy could boost crop yields by up to 40 percent.
Wheat growing in a field in Western Australia and destined to be processed to flour for many different food products. Richard Jakoby, Plant Energy Biology

Not everyone loves wheat – so why not remove the bad bits

Most people eat about a kilo of wheat a week but for others it can cause painful health concerns. So why not isolate the parts of wheat that cause problems, and remove them from future crops.
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia’s food crops. Losing them due varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars. David McClenaghan

Australian farmers face increasing threat of new diseases: report

A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re…

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