07 Jul '12, 5pm

Creole corn beats #GMO on cost and productivity in Brazil - interesting article

The Peasant Popular Movement (MCP) is working with peasant farmers like Seu Lazaro to identify and restore local practices and seeds that were replaced by GM seeds and pesticides. Through popular education like the small demonstration plots using Creole seeds, MCP also promotes the use of agroecological practices such as the diversification and rotation of crops and the use of natural fertilizers. One such practice, Agroecological Corridors, combines crops with natural fertilizer species that recuperate soil fertility. After many years of monocrops and heavy machines, soils lose fertility and cannot even grow grass. In the Agroecological Corridor , farmers cultivate plants with strong root systems to break through the compacted ground created by the use of tractors. These plants also produce a good amount of leaves and branches that will feed the microorganisms in the soil...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/uprooting-gm-crops-with-creol...

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