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Agroforestry. Trees of Life. Trees for Life

Environment  (tags: Trees for life )

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Agroforestry is a relatively new word that refers to growing trees together with other agricultural crops and animals, with benefits to plants, animals, people, and the environment...


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Ben O (135)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 4:17 am
Agroforestry is a relatively new word that refers to growing trees together with other agricultural crops and animals, with benefits to plants, animals, people, and the environment. Even though the concept is new, agroforestry has been practiced by people for thousands of years to sustainably provide food, medicine, and materials. Agroforestry also provides many of the ecological services we value highly: conservation of soil and water, biodiversity, and beauty, to name just a few.

Many people are now rediscovering agroforestry as a way to address food security, resource conservation, and habitat restoration, while building local economic capacity. Even a small “forest island” of food trees and shrubs can provide a significant amount of food for a family, with excess to share with friends or sell at a local farmers market..

Ben O (135)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 4:27 am
Agroforestry systems can be advantageous over conventional agricultural, and forest production methods. They can offer increased productivity, economic benefits, and more diversity in the ecological goods and services provided.
Biodiversity in agroforestry systems is typically higher than in conventional agricultural systems. With two or more interacting plant species in a given land area, it creates a more complex habitat that can support a wider variety of birds, insects, and other animals. Depending upon the application, impacts of agroforestry can include:
Reducing poverty through increased production of wood and other tree products for home consumption and sale.
Contributing to food security by restoring the soil fertility for food crops.
Cleaner water through reduced nutrient and soil runoff.
Countering global warming and the risk of hunger by increasing the number of drought-resistant trees and the subsequent production of fruits, nuts and edible oils.
Reducing deforestation and pressure on woodlands by providing farm-grown fuelwood.
Reducing or eliminating the need for toxic chemicals (insecticides, herbicides, etc.)
Through more diverse farm outputs, improved human nutrition.
In situations where people have limited access to mainstream medicines, providing growing space for medicinal plants.
Increased crop stability
Multifunctional site use i.e crop production and animal grazing.
Typically more drought resistant.
Stabilises depleted soils from erosion...

Wednesday June 3, 2015, 4:56 am
Thank you, Ben!

Elfje Muse (98)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 5:46 am
Very interesting, thank you Ben

Animae C (507)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 5:59 am

Thanx Ben

Gone W (3)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:09 am
thank you for posting

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 8:12 am
It sounds dreamy---shared thx Ben

Ben O (135)
Thursday June 11, 2015, 10:48 am
Now we are 30 million members. What if ONE million would Care2 make a difference...???

Ben O (135)
Friday May 13, 2016, 9:40 am
It's been a year since I posted this. Let's keep on planting more trees!

Melania Padilla (123)
Wednesday December 12, 2018, 9:52 am
Shared as well Ben, thanks for posting! Can you imagine if all businesses/farmers did this??
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