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Food and Conservation

Meeting the challenge to produce more food without jeopardizing natural resources.

The Nature Conservancy is working with the world’s food growers – from large companies to local farmers – to keep soils healthy and water quality high.

Mississippi River: This 3rd largest river system in the world contains some of the most productive soil on Earth and is at the heart of the United States’ agricultural economy. We are working with farmers and local districts to improve river health without sacrificing economic prosperity.

Skagit Delta, Washington: By flooding parts of their fields with 2 or 3 inches of water for part of the year, farmers in the Skagit Delta are creating new or improved habitat for shorebirds and at the same time improving the health of the fields for farming.

Amazon, Brazil: In a region of the Brazilian Amazon, large-scale farming threatens biological diversity. In response to this threat, we are working with with soy farmers on an initiative that has the potential to conserve nearly 1.2 million acres of this important tropical forest.

Arizona: Mike Mercer, an Arizona rancher, has gone native. That is, he has switched to planting native grasses. “We’re saving millions of gallons of water on this grass, and we are cutting our use of equipment and fuel,” says Mercer.

Indonesia: The Conservancy is helping local partners create Marine Protected Areas with regulations that will protect the ability of local fishermen to use traditional, sustainable fishing and farming practices, while restricting practices that destroy coral reefs.

Argentina: The Conservancy works with ranchers, government officials, landowners, and other organizations to preserve a swath of Argentine grasslands as large as Florida through sustainable ranching and grazing programs.

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