Could the Ancient Jewish Practice of Shmita Be a New Tool for Sustainable Ag?

This Civil Eats article discusses whether the ancient Jewish practice of Shmita be a new tool for sustainable agriculture? The practice of letting the land lie fallow after every six years of farming requires a complete reset in sustainable practices—and could gain traction as a way to combat climate change.

The practice is laid out in Exodus (23:10): “And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof; but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of thy people may eat; and what they leave the best of the field shall eat.”

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