Rhona S. Applebaum

One of the most significant assets of agriculture is the versatility of its output. It is precisely this versatility that contributes to the sustainability of agricultural systems, particularly when we are mindful of the outcomes of farming activities. The notion of food, feed, and fiber is only symbolic of agriculture’s multiple capabilities. Interestingly, not only can agriculture satisfy all those needs and more, but a single crop has the same potential.

Below: A tea plantation in Malaysia. Camellia sinensis is a versatile plant that can be used to make tea in various forms (e.g., green, oolong, black) as well as oils, dyes, and aromatic ingredients.The quest for obtaining greater value f…



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