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Science  16 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6343, pp. 1130
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan3832

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The 20th century's aggressive approach to disease control has delivered a collection of unwelcome surprises, from agrochemical toxicity to antimicrobial resistance. Disrupting the tenuous web of ecosystem interdependencies that govern health, Emily Monosson concludes in Natural Defense, is a zero-sum game. The question that Monosson sets out to answer is how to harness these powerful ecosystem dynamics for personal and planetary health. In an era of quick wins, how can we adopt the long vision to secure our health and the food systems that sustain us?