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The Green Life: Finding Roots of a Stable Food System in Biomimicry

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February 23, 2009

Finding Roots of a Stable Food System in Biomimicry

Grains For more than 20 years, the Land Institute has been working to create an ecologically stable agricultural system by developing deep-rooted perennial versions of annual grain crops. In doing so, the organization's breeders and agroecologists are attempting to mimic the highly efficient native flora of prairies. Their research suggests that perennial grains would produce yields comparable to those of conventional crops while vastly improving the health of our soil and water.

The Land Institute's researchers are among many professionals turning to biomimicry to solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

--Melissa Weiss

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