Smallholder tea farmers in Yunnan, China, are implementing eco-friendly strategies and promoting agroecology for better-tasting tea with lower management costs. Strategies include supporting biodiversity by embedding plantations in existing forests and taking advantage of shade, natural weed suppression, abundant pollinators, and rich soil. When compared with large tea plantations, smaller farms use fewer chemical fertilizers and fewer pesticides. Proponents believe that consumer interest in more environmentally friendly practices will lead to a market for these more eco-friendly teas. Agroforests can help humans to adapt and address the climate problem by sequestering carbon and contributing to local food security.
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