By Valeria Hiraldo
Pascal Poot is the farmer who comments "Here the terrain is very rocky and the climate arid, to the point that 50-year-old oaks are shorter than a person"; Although their methods are far removed from modern agriculture, the crops are “hyper-productive”, natural and cheap. For this reason, scientists believe they have found answers to climate change here.
Pascal Poot based his research on the fact that unlike weeds that grow so easily, vegetables are so difficult to grow. “Everyone tries to grow their vegetables while protecting them as much as possible; on the contrary, I induce them to defend themselves ”, explains Ms. Poot.
He creates his own seeds that are resistant to drought and pests, and this method allows him to obtain higher yields than those of traditional agriculture.
At the entrance of Pascal's farm, there is a sign "Tomato Conservatory", there are tomatoes of various kinds, from yellow perita to a Crimean Black one, all produce in abundance, without water, pesticides or fertilizers, he has achieved up to 25 kilos per plant.
“I started planting tomatoes in this field full of stones 20 years ago, at that time there was not a drop of water. Everyone thinks that if we have to sow in these conditions the plants will die, but this is not true. In fact, almost all plants survive ”.
The result, at the beginning, was small tomatoes, ridiculous in size, "... the neighbors took me for a fool, when I saved seeds of those tomatoes, but the following year I was able to harvest 1 or 2 kilos per plant, and if we wait a few more years That's great!… The neighbors started to see that I had more tomatoes than they did, then people started talking and the researchers came to see me ”, says Pascal.
He is 52 but seems immortal. He is the son of peasants, dropped out of school at age 7, claims to be “completely self-taught,” raised sheep and grew chestnuts, before specializing in seeds. While sowing the seeds, Pascal reveals the details of his method: “most of the plants that are now called 'weeds' were plants that were eaten in the Middle Ages, such as amaranth (kiwicha) or Agropyron repens ... I said that if today they are so resistant it is precisely because nobody took care of them for generations and generations "
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