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  • noun Plural form of polyculture.


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  • The polycultures of traditional agricultural systems have evolved because more yield can be harvested from a given area planted with diverse crops than from an equivalent area consisting of separate patches of monocultures.

    Stan Goff: It's Not Rocket Science: Land Productivity, Food Rights

  • Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.

    Monsanto bills being rushed through Congress, set to destroy organic farming.

  • Another way to work with nature is to create polycultures of annual and perennial plants.

    Growing a Beautiful Edible Landscape in an Urban Neighborhood

  • African agriculture is largely small-scale and relies on polycultures, which consists of many crops being grown on the same plot with possibilities of symbiotic leguminous relationships providing nitrogen fixation (Makanya 2004).

    Opportunities and constraints from genetic modification technologies in Africa

  • Edible Urban part 1, some parts of the world have retained their local food systems and back-door polycultures, and are henceforth not in the dire straights we terribly clever westerners find ourselves in today.

    Permaculture Research Institute of Australia

  • In short: Food that encourages perennial polycultures to thrive; meat and fish with the standard Weston A Price caveats.

  • The implications/benefits of this are hard to exaggerate - both in terms of energy/time expenditure for farmers, but also in terms of the health/structure of soil that doesn't have to be cultivated nearly so often and the potential biodiversity (stability) that could be achieved with mixes of these polycultures.

    Permaculture Research Institute of Australia

  • If you compare nature's methods we see that stable natural plant systems are polycultures, and perennial, whereas our modern industrial agriculture is the exact opposite - largely being monocultures and annuals.

    Permaculture Research Institute of Australia

  • At the Land Institute, we think that leads to perennial polycultures.

    Signs of the Times

  • In short: Food that encourages perennial polycultures to thrive; meat and fish with the standard Weston A Price caveats.


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