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Wilson contributes to Associated Press special project: The Protein Problem

This project started with a question: Can we feed this growing world without starving the planet? A team of AP journalists explored this with a group of experts brought together in 2022, trying to learn more about how food production affects the climate and environment and how that could change in the future.

Agriculture feeds 8 billion people every day, but also generates enormous amounts of greenhouse gases and threatens wild animals and plants because of the land and water needed to raise our food. Demand for protein — especially meat, which takes by far the biggest toll on the environment — is soaring as the population grows, tastes change, and incomes rise. The AP deployed journalists to 16 locations in 10 countries on five continents to better understand this protein problem — and learn about ways some creative thinkers and innovators are trying to solve it.

Thanks to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group, which supports AP’s Health & Science Department, and to Chris Barrett of Cornell University, Upmanu Lall of Columbia University, Sonali Shukla McDermid of New York University, Linda Prokopy of Purdue University and Norbert Wilson of Duke University.

The Protein Project HomepageExplore the interactive website that includes a quiz to test your knowledge. Story features include: