Maple Syrup of the South
How sorghum and soil conservation are helping our ecosystem
“By having living material in the soil year-round, we substantially reduce the damage that is done by traditional row-crop agriculture,” he says. “Moreover, we’re developing crops that will have a much deeper root system and be more efficient at finding water compared to traditional plants.”
Identifying sustainable food practices isn’t an issue Paterson takes lightly. For him, it’s a critical problem that requires immediate attention.
“We’re still dependent on agriculture, and there is growing concern about unsustainable agriculture practices for good reason,” he says. “We need to be aware of all the elements of our food chain and how we’re converting raw materials into the things we need. Our research is impacting the critical ecosystem services provided by agriculture to society, which we’ll need indefinitely.”