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And finally every dryland country will get the spineless Opuntia ficus-indica


Nopal para el ganado en vez de alfalfa. Además, ayuda a limpiar el agua.

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California Has No Water, So It Might Be Time To Start Farming Cactus

Livestock can eat the drought-tolerant cactus, and we can eat the livestock, and everyone can be happy.

One designer thinks it might be time to try focusing on something else: Cactus. http://h.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/slideshow_large/slideshow/2015/10/3051554-slide-s-3-california-farms-could-grow-cactus.jpg One designer thinks it might be time to try focusing on something else: Cactus.
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As California lurches through a fourth year of drought, it’s still the country’s top producer of thirsty crops like almonds, tomatoes, and nectarines. One designer thinks it might be time to try focusing on something else: Cactus.

In a conceptual project called Grassroots Cactivism, winner of Archinect’s Dry Futures contest, Ali Chen envisions a model for a massive cactus farm that would help produce livestock feed. Because cacti also happen to work as natural water filters, Chen paired the farm with a water treatment plant.

“It was quite an amazing coincidence to find that cactus is not only…

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