Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

Scientific Publications

Future Farming: A Return to Roots?

Author: Jerry D. Glover, Cindy M. Cox, John P. Reganold

Publication: Scientific American, August 2007, pp 66-73

Large-scale agriculture would become more sustainable if major crop plants lived for years and built deep root systems. Replacing single-season crops with perennials would create large root systems capable of preserving the soil and would allow cultivation in areas currently considered marginal.

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