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Stories by Vaclav Smil

Global Population and the Nitrogen Cycle

Feeding humankind now demands so much nitrogen-based fertilizer that the distribution of nitrogen on the earth has been changed in dramatic, and sometimes dangerous, ways

July 1, 1997 — Vaclav Smil

China's Food

After the many disruptions of recent decades the output of China's farms about equals the need for food. Whether the balance can be maintained depends on how the nation copes with some problems

December 1, 1985 — Vaclav Smil