Fighting Desertification the Chinese Way (Google / Big Picture Agriculture)

Read at : Google Alerts – desertification

http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2013/08/food-security-reversing-desertification-grain-surplus-416.html

3 Picks: Food Security, Reversing Desertification, Grain Surplus

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Fighting Desertification the Chinese Way: Another area covered with squares, made by hand, that traps sand. Inside each square they plant resilient grass to bind the sand and (over time) create fertile soil. If a sandstorm buries the rocks, the Chinese repeat the process until, finally, someday things will grow here and they can start to plant trees.

Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.