14 Jul '11, 9am
The Land Institute: Advancing Nature’s Deep Model of Sustainability
But Jackson is not just another bearer of bad news. He and his colleagues at the Land Institute have a solution that they have been working on for 35 years. Following nature’s example, combined with their own knowledge of classical genetics, (breeding, not gene-splicing) scientists at the Land Institute have been developing a number of perennial grains that can be raised in a robust polyculture to provide a reasonable yield without tilling, annual re-seeding, nitrogen fertilizers or chemicals. The diversity provides nourishment (some of the plants are nitrogen fixing) and protection against pest, while the deep-rooted nature of the perennials provides more nutrition, and drought resistance, while eliminating the need for plowing or annual reseeding.