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Nuts about agroforestry in the U.S. Midwest: Can hazelnuts transform farming?
by Sarah Derouin
Mongabay Translate This Article
1 May 2021
On 1 May 2021 Mongabay reported:
Monocultures of corn and soybeans carpet 75 percent of the U.S. Midwest, leading to soil erosion, water pollution, and massive greenhouse gas emissions. However, a new wave of farmers is breaking the monocrop monotony by growing these annuals between long rows of perennial shrubs like American hazelnuts, which keep soils intact while harboring beneficial bugs and sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
Other kinds of perennial crops potentially useful in agroforestry -- where annuals and perennials are grown together for mutual benefit -- include chestnuts, blueberries, pawpaws, and persimmons.
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