A joint UK/US collaboration is offering $12 million dollars to scientists who can come up with an alternative to current nitrogen-heavy fertilizers.
We desperately need this. As world populations grow at a greater rate every year, and farming grows in an attempt to match it, agriculture becomes a greater threat to the environment. Fertilizers, pesticides and other products grow in concentration and ultimately make their way to the consumer.
Without an alternative, we stand to make our food poisonous to the planet, and eventually us.