Growing food in a hotter, drier land : lessons from desert farmers on adapting to climate uncertainty / Gary Paul Nabhan ; foreword by Bill McKibben Nabhan, Gary Paul

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Nabhan, Gary Paul
Arid regions agriculture.; Crops and climate.; Climatic changes.
  • Getting a grip on climate change : crossing the threshold into chronic climatic disruption of food security
  • Seeking inspiration and solutions from the time-tried strategies found in the world's deserts
  • Will harvest rain and organic matter for food : catching runoff as conventionally irrigated agriculture collapses
  • Bringing water home to the root zone : getting more efficient at irrigation delivery
  • Breaking the fever : reducing heat stress in crops and livestock
  • Increasing the moisture-holding capacity and microbial diversity of food-producing soils
  • Forming a fruit and nut guild that can take the heat
  • When terraces are edged with succulents and herbaceous perennials
  • Getting out of the drought : intercropping quick-maturing vegetables and grains in placed-based polycultures
  • Getting in sync : keeping pollinators in pace and in place with arid-adapted crop plants.
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