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A Global Game-Changer for Arid Lands and the Climate

Rob Verkerk writes in the Defender:

• Forty percent of the Earth’s land area is arid or semi-arid, much of it degraded and very challenging to farm. Increasing amounts are turning to desert.

• This land supports one-third of the human population of our planet and the majority experience extreme poverty.

• Agroforestry systems are widely seen to be key to regenerating this land and capturing carbon from the atmosphere.

• Could the vast agricultural waste from the [hundreds of millions of] agave plants processed annually by the Mexican tequila [and mescal] industry point to a viable solution for people, livestock and the planet?

Watch Rob’s powerful interview with Ronnie Cummins at the Via Organica Ranch

Read more: How Tequila Waste Could Play Key Role in Regenerative Agriculture