Reaping a healthy harvest

Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely in miles. The sub-Saharan region is, in many respects, a world away from her high-tech laboratory on the expansive North Carolina Research Campus, just north of Charlotte.

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