Saturday, October 08, 2016

Agroforestry Can Help Planet and Profits

Researchers say agroforestry systems offer a solution to helping combat climate change, feeding the world and increasing farmers’ profits.

Trees planted as windbreaks for crops in Minnesota, US. (Image Credit: Eli Sagor via Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
Feeding the world’s growing population in a rapidly warming world will not be possible with modern intensive agriculture that relies on cutting down more forests to plant crops, according to new research.

The only way to produce enough crops and mitigate climate change at the same time is to adopt what the researchers have called agroforestry, a system of growing crops alongside trees and shrubs.

In a paper published in Sustainability journal, scientists from the department of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, US, say one of the most difficult aspects of the idea is 
changing farmers’ attitudes.

Read more at Agroforestry Can Help Planet and Profits

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