Spanish almond farmers revive drying soils

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More than a third of global land is degraded in some way, sapping nature’s capacity to sequester carbon. But proponents of regenerative agriculture are showing that gentler farming techniques can help soils recover. Commonland, a foundation based in Amsterdam, is supporting almond growers in the Granada region of southern Spain to revive their drying fields using pre-industrial techniques such as leaving grasses to wither in the sun, which forms a natural fertiliser, and reducing tilling. As awareness of the role healthy soils play in tackling climate change, Granada’s almonds and other nature-friendly agricultural products are commanding a premium price among consumers.


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