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'Either we change or we die': the radical farming project in the Amazon

A growing movement for sustainable agriculture in Brazil has taken on new urgency with the coronavirus pandemicThe cumaru trees could have been planted elsewhere in this Amazon reserve, where they had better chances of flourishing. Instead, they were planted in harsh, sandy soil in the dry savannah that breaks up the forest. Jack beans, guandu peas and other crops were planted in straw around them with cut savannah grass, for moisture and compost. "We call it the cradle," says agronomist Alailson Rego. "It protects them."The hope is that if these Amazon-native trees - whose seeds can be used in cosmetics - thrive on this sandy soil and a nearby patch of deforested, burned land, they can regenerate abandoned pasture elsewhere. In the Amazon, more land is cleared for cattle than anything else. It's easier enough to clear - chop down a few trees, light a few fires. But restoring the forest? Bringing back the life and the greenness? That is far, far harder. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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