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Twenty years ago, most people didn't know anything about gluten. People didn't even know how to spell gluten. Now gluten-free diets have become all the rage. But are celiacs the only people who should be on a gluten-free diet?

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Farmers ploughing a rice field in southern India. Sonja Pieper / CC BY-SA 2.0

A study published in Science Advances Wednesday offers a potential solution to India's growing nutritional and water needs: replace rice with less thirsty, more nutrititious cereals.

The study found that by replacing the rice grown in each district with the grain that required the least water for irrigation, India could decrease water demand by 33 percent while increasing protein production by 1 percent, zinc production by 13 percent and iron production by 27 percent.

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Watch as Stephen Colbert uses his all-American tongue-in-cheek intellect to bring attention to the genetically engineered Roundup Ready wheat controversy that resulted in cancelled international trade deals and potential fines for agribusiness biotech giant Monsanto.

Visit EcoWatch’s GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM page for more related news on this topic.

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