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Food, water, and energy: connection technologies can and must unite these three sectors for the sake of our planet’s future. Twenty-five percent of global land is now degraded, but these territories could become productive once again with the proper resources. Over the last 30 years alone we have increased our ability to produce food by 50% while using less land and less labor. What other developments are in our future, and how can these systems address our energy needs? In this audio lecture, Dr. Ann Bartuska of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shares her insight on the necessary steps to sustainably feed the nine billion people that will be living on our planet by 2050. Dr. Bartuska spoke as part of a panel called “Framing the Challenges: How Can Connection Technologies Support Sustainable Development?” at the USRio+2.0 Conference at Stanford University.