Though forests burn, trees retake farmland globally as agroforestry advances

Mongabay discusses, though forests burn, trees retake farmland globally as agroforestry advances.

  • Agroforestry is an ancient agricultural technique being rediscovered all over the world as limitations of the globe’s highly industrialized agriculture become obvious.
  • On the old and exhausted soils of Africa, trees’ power to nourish life is potentially integral to a reboot of the continent’s agriculture.
  • Agroforestry is the intentional combination of woody perennials like trees and shrubs with crops and also livestock to create a resilient “food ecosystem” that benefits farmers, biodiversity and the climate.
  • In an analysis for Mongabay, agroforestry expert Patrick Worms suggests that while news reports show forests burning in many places, one can take heart from the fact that trees are busily taking root upon the world’s vast swaths of farmland.

Agroforestry is being rediscovered in the U.S. and elsewhere as the limitations of our highly industrialized agriculture become all too obvious. In retrospect, it may seem that this took a surprisingly long time to reveal itself.

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