Almeria: Climate Deadlock

Watermelons from the Desert? Learn about Almeria's climate conundrum.

Almeria: Climate Deadlock Intensive agriculture in arid environments? The ecological aberration has made Almeria’s success for decades. The region is now Europe’s agricultural granary. Taking the example of the mini watermelon, a sweeter and seedless variety that can be grown all year round, this investigation shows how farmers, urged by seed companies Syngenta and Bayer, are pushing hybrid varieties onto the market with no regard for available resources. For the production of these freshwater-rich fruits draws on water tables that are now less impervious to salinity. The only solution is to desalinate sea water, an industrial process that requires huge levels of fossil fuels. Our journalists investigate on an agricultural model that has yet to overcome the ecological deadlock it has helped created.

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