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In climate fight, Europe’s olive, wine farmers turn to tech and tradition

Charlie Devereux, Antonella Cinelli and Corina Pons of Reuters report on the ways in which European farmers are responding to climate change.

The C3 Take
  • Vineyards and olive groves in Spain and Italy have been hit especially hard by climate change, forcing many farmers to adapt with traditional methods and cutting-edge technology.
  • Farmers in Spain are beginning to install cover crops in between olive trees to conserve water, prevent erosion, and reduce the impacts of flash flooding.
  • Italy’s farmers, which are already using cover crops, have turned to technology and sensors to monitor air and soil moisture levels.

“Spanish farmer Miguel Moreno was an early adopter of so-called cover crops. He began growing grasses alongside trees almost 30 years ago to stop water draining away down the hill on his 74-hectare olive grove in the southern region of Andalusia.”

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