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French sorghum farmer defies drought with sustainable crop

Sarah Meyssonnier of Reuters reports on French sorghum production.

The C3 Take
  • While representing an undersized share of the market, sorghum could play an important role in the future of agriculture.
  • Since 2016 French sorghum production has increased by almost 200,000 tons annually.
  • The plant is more drought resistant than wheat and requires fewer fertilizers and water to grow, an important attribute as global temperatures rise.

“‘Sorghum allows for a new kind of agriculture, more sustainable, as it preserves resources,’ said Coutte, 40, standing in a field of waist-high sorghum in Saint-Escobille, 75 km (47 miles) south of the French capital. ‘We must think about tomorrow’s agriculture, and how we can produce food without massive water use.'”

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