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Big farming is both a victim of climate change and a contributor. Droughts, floods, and soil degradation threaten crop yields. But agriculture produces nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.

A potential antidote to harmful monocultures is a form of community farming invented back in the 1970s: permaculture. Permaculture is not just about farming; it incorporates economic and social principles.

Environmental sociologist Christina Ergas, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has witnessed permaculture working in two urban farming communities. She studies ways that environmental justice, global development, and social equity affect climate change. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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