According to researchers at the University of Exeter, bean plants can help the Amazon forest. In fact, according to these researchers, these plants would be well suited to keep the land more fertile and at the same time help the land survive.
Specifically, researchers at British universities aim to use Inga trees. Inga trees are legumes that produce pods containing beans that draw nitrogen from the air and trap them in the ground. This helps to keep the tree cover of the Amazon rainforest a little more stable, especially in the region known as the “Deforestation Arc” in Brazil. This plant is proud of beans covered with edible pulp, the same pulp can be used for many gastronomy purposes and can also be used for flavoring ice cream, so the same Inga plant is known as “frozen beans.”
Exeter University researcher Toby Pennington states that the hive tree has no problems growing on very poor soils and that many agroforestry and forestry systems are already in use. “Abandoned or small farmers are under pressure to sell them for intensive large-scale production of soybeans-many of the soybean crops are sold to feed European livestock. Our project can help smallholders resist these pressures by making their land more sustainable and profitable.”
Of course, the project itself doesn’t solve the huge problem of Amazon deforestation, but it’s still small enough to reach the classic “key step” that is a solution specifically to prevent forest evacuation and abandonment.
Small land farmers who want to participate in this initiative are supported by a microcredit system managed by a local NGO.
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