Ecosystem Service Replication on Damaged Land in the Maya Mountains of Belize
Much of the lowland humid tropics is densely populated, and soils have been depleted by monocultures. Traditional sustainable agricultural models have been discarded in favor of petroleum dependent models. Traditional foods have been displaced by cheap processed imported foods. Land has been degraded by monoculture and unsustainable practices tied to increasing population density. In this area, we have spent the last 26 years regenerating former citrus and cattle land that has been severely damaged. Many of the lessons we have learned are applicable to other lands in the lowland humid tropics. I run Maya Mountain research Farm, a registered NGO that works very closely with the communities adjacent to the Maya Mountains on issues tied to ecosystem replication through agroecology.
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