The Hidden Hunger Affecting 2 Billion

And the science of biofortification for the poor.

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This is very interesting. I would have thought all the “fortification” efforts in the US and Europe would have been distributed more globally, but it seems not.

This was interesting to me:

All these biofortification schemes rely solely on conventional breeding. But crops can also be genetically engineered. This has proved controversial in Europe, where some countries have banned genetically modified crops over fears

Do you think it would be possible (or a good idea) to use machine learning to find the best genetic biofortifications? I’m thinking something like taking genomic data from common crops around the world, combining that with their environmental needs (climate, soil, etc.) as inputs and finding the best way to genetically optimize a crop for a particular local environment to meet micronutrient needs.

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