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Indian-American soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal wins World Food Prize — ‘Nobel’ of agriculture

Soil Scientist Dr Rattan Lal wins World Food Prize

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[12 June, Samyak Pandey, The Print]

Soil Scientist Dr Rattan Lal has been named as the recipient for this year’s World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Dr Lal’s contribution to soil conservation has increased the global food supply, by helping small farmers to improve their soil’s health and therefore yields. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reports that Dr Lal’s work will help all small farmers through improved management, less soil degradation and the recycling of nutrients. When receiving the award Dr Lal stated that it is crucial that hunger is eliminated, and that the food consumed by humans is healthy.

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