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Bringing farming back to nature

Agroecology - which regenerates soil fertility biodiversity instead of stripping it - is gaining adherents globally and could transform how we farm.

The state of Andhra Pradesh is investing US$200m to convert its farmers to the agroecological practice known as zero budget natural farming, which uses from-the-farm nutrients to grow crops without the need to purchase costly chemical fertilisers or pesticides.

FARMING the land as if nature doesn't matter has been the model for much of the Western world's food production system for at least the past 75 years. The results haven't been pretty: depleted soil, chemically fouled waters, true family farms all but eliminated, a worsening of public health and...

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