Although row crop agriculture will remain the major source of food for people around the globe, the link between forests and food production and nutrition could be a key to ending world hunger. That’s the conclusion reached by the authors of “Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report,” a report released by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, or “IUFRO.”
Agroforestry. When you think of a forest, you don’t think of it in terms of a crop, but in many cases that’s what it is. The house you live in, the nuts and fruit you eat all comes from trees. Trees, with their root systems protect soils and soften the effects of wind. They help hold water.
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The language on the 1930s poster for the Prairie States Forestry Project was downright plaintive: “Trees Prevent Soil Erosion/Save Moisture/Protect Crops/Contribute to Human Comfort and Happiness.”