Why Farming Is Broken (And Always Has Been)
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To feed everyone in the future, we may need to disrupt 10,000 years of farming practices and turn agriculture into a closed system.
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Annual plant: living for a year or less, perpetuating itself by seed
Perennial plant: living for several years
Polyculture: the simultaneous cultivation or exploitation of several crops or kinds of animals
Natural systems agriculture: cropping systems based on processes found in nature
Agroforestry: land use management that combines the cultivation of trees/shrubs with crops/pasture to create more productive and sustainable land-use systems
Alley cropping: planting agricultural crops between rows of trees or shrubs
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Script Writer: Alex Reich (@alexhreich)
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