Since the advent of intensive agriculture, humanity has relied on fewer and fewer plant species for food. Today, 80% of plant calorie intake comes from just 12 plants: eight grasses and four tubers. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on this planet. Can humanity continue to rely on such a tiny fraction of plant diversity for future needs? Taking examples from all over the world, Dr Smith illustrate Kew's work in developing solutions to long term food security using the whole array of edible plant diversity.
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