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How to feed the world and save the planet

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Innovations in agriculture could feed a growing, hungry world without destroying the planet, a top official of the largest maker of seeds and pesticides told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Practices such as cultivating plants that benefit the soil during the off season and leaving land untilled could store carbon-dioxide (CO2) in the ground, said Liam Condon, head of the crop science division for German conglomerate Bayer.

Growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, largely produced by people, are blamed for climate change.

Also key is planting seeds that have a higher yield, which could ease pressures over land use and reduce deforestation, he said.

These activities could offset the climate-changing emissions produced by modern agriculture, ultimately leading to a farming system that is carbon neutral, he said.

Bayer, which took over seed maker Monsanto in a $63 billion deal last year, is now working with partners on a........

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