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Cereals, agroforestry and droughts: an interview with Martin Crawford: via @AddThis

Cereals, agroforestry and droughts: an interview with Martin Crawford: via @AddThis

But if you’re still growing annual wheat, say, it is still going to be prone to annual drought problems, whatever tree system you grow it in. I don’t think there’s any way really of getting away from that. The only alternative is to look towards perennial crops and unfortunately, as the last 100 years of agricultural research has progressed, it’s all gone into annual plants – very little has gone into perennial plants. If the same effort had gone into perennial plants, we would now have perennial plants and it wouldn’t live forever but maybe 8 years, 10 years…it would have very deep roots and you wouldn’t have to keep cultivating it and so on. Instead of which, perennial wheat is around – it hasn’t been highly developed but various small organisations have been doing some work on it, particularly in North America. But it’s probably going to be 20 years, 25 years maybe unti...

Full article: http://transitionculture.org/2011/06/27/cereals-agrofores...

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