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Secrets from the Amazon: Agroforestry Paves Way for Food Security

In northern Brazil, the Apurinã people resumed an old tradition of growing food under the Agroforestry System, a technique improved by modern science to provide diverse crops among forests. Ten years later, they boast a healthy diet and spread the word among other communities.

According to researchers, small-family farming techniques in the region were eclipsed over the years by the agribusiness, which often relies on monoculture: the practice of planting or raising only one plant or livestock species repeatedly. This, modern science affirms, typically leads to environmental degradation in the form of soil pollution, biodiversity loss and land erosion.

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