Are Avocados Toast? What Will We Eat In 2050? California Farmers Are Placing Bets

June 27, 2018

Farmers growing long-lived crops like avocado trees and other orchard crops are making bets on the next 4 decades of climate change. Because climate change is already altering California farmland, farmers are already experimenting with ways of adapting to longer periods of drought by using more graywater and allowing swollen rivers to flood orchards in an attempt to bolster aquifer supplies. In another example of climate adaptation, farmers are developing a kind of hyper-local climate engineering, spraying clay dust over their trees to create shade and cool them down in unseasonably hot weather, according to ARE Professor David Zilberman. Read more of the Grist Magazine article, here.