Some of the Driest European Soil is Coming Back to Life

Some of the Driest European Soil is Coming Back to Life
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Farmers are Observing Increased Biodiversity with Soil Enrichment and Lockdown Giving Time for the Land to Breathe.
  • Spanish farmers with a focus on soil health have decreased likelihood of their land becoming desert, despite the challenges of an arid climate.
  • Industry leaders suspect a decrease in the international market will not hit farmers too hard as corona-induced consumer concern for ecosystem grows.
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Spanish farmers are using fewer industrialism methods of land management to lessen risks of desertification of their land, and hope to grow produce with higher profitability. It has yielded some positive results in Zujar, Spain, which is one of the driest parts of Europe. In light of the restrictions still in effect from Corona, farmers have taken a financial hit initially. But Spain's countryside has seen an increase in insect biodiversity, in correlation to grasses be left untouched to die and enrich the soil.


"If you leave the land alone it regenerates ... the lockdown has been good for the land and the countryside," Barnes said, an almond farmer who has experienced one of the area's best crops in 40 years.


The United Nations stated that over a third of land around the globe is affected by degradation. But the evidence of regenerative agriculture being able to tackle challenging landscapes such as Zujar's is encouraging. There is also a growing belief that consumers have become, and will continue to become, receptive towards regenerative agriculture practices as imposed isolation gives consumers time to reflect and understand the impact of an unhealthy global ecosystem. It may still spell a tougher time for Spanish farmers domestically, but international demand is expected to maintain. The adoption of landscape restoration practices in Spanish Almond systems has been supported by the Amsterdam based foundation Commonland. Read more via the article link below.

region
 Europe & UK
categories
 Soil Health
 Landscape Health
 Nutrient Density
 All - Cropping
 Markets
 Farming Practices
 Farming Inputs
 Ecosystem
 Consumer trends
tags
#Spain
#Almond
#Farming
#Soil Health
#Degradation
#erosion
#ecosystem
#profit

A version of this article was originally published on the site Reuters on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

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