NEW ROOTS FOR ECOLOGICAL INTENSIFICATION
The conversation of perennial versions of major grain crops is on the forefront of sustainable agriculture. Annual crops currently dominate our agricultural landscapes. With patience and persistence, the Land Institute is selectively breeding grains to ultimate create hybrid perennial varieties with a mission to transform the agricultural landscape and remedy many issues of environmental limitations of annuals. As the authors of this study immediately address, “to meet the global food challenge of 2050, and well beyond, there is a growing consensus that farmers will need to produce food using fewer and fewer chemical, energy, and machine inputs. In order to achieve this, numbers researchers have called for the transition from input intensification to ecological intensification.” The most important benefit perennials offer is the protection of soil.