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Contents Foreword............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 1 Perspectives from the Executive Director......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Fundamentals for Systems Change Toward Innovative Fertilizers................................................................................................................................................................. 4 Fundamentals for a Paradigm Shift.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Fertilizers Feed Plants and Plants Feed People................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 Fertilizer Use Within Sustainable Planetary Boundaries..................................................................................................................................................................................9 Transformations to Serve Societies..................................................................................................................................................................................................................11 VFRC’s Conceptual Framework........................................................................................................................................................................................................................13 The VFRC Cockpit..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13 Initial VFRC Focus...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................16 Plant Delivery Strategies....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................17 VFRC’s Scientific Backbone...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................18 Plant Physiology............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 18 Soil-Plant-Microbe Interactions.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18 Devouring Nutrients...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Diagnostics..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20 Protocols......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20 The Micronutrient Initiative.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 21 Bending the Spiral of Ecological Degradation Toward Agro-Ecological Resilience................................................................................................................................ 22 Fertilizer Products.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 Pinning Down the Role of Micronutrients...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 Building the VF