Why Beneficial Microbes Mean Big Things for Food and Agriculture

Since humans planted the first seeds and tamed the first beast, agriculture has been about harnessing the benefits of sunlight, rain, dirt, fertilizer and animals—all things you can see, touch, feel and sense. Fields and barns were our proving grounds. And generations reaped bountiful harvests, each age outdoing the one before to improve production of food, fuel and fiber. Today, agriculture is swiftly becoming about harnessing the things we cannot see, the myriad of microscopic communities ma