The environmental and economic feasibility of alternative crops in arid areas: Considering mesquite in Baja California, Mexico

Julie Stanton, D. Kent Olson, John H. Brock, Richard S. Gordon

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Abstract

This paper considers the needs for alternatives to usual agricultural practices in environmentally degraded areas, particularly when ecological conditions may not naturally support agriculture, e.g. in arid environments. Growing demand for food and increasing pressures on natural resources call for new approaches to land use that integrate economic and environmental considerations, particularly in less developed nations. This paper conducts cost-benefit analysis of the investment in cultivated mesquite plantations for the purposes of both pod products and lumber. Under all scenarios, investment in mesquite yields positive returns, but highest returns are obtained when trees cultivated for pods and lumber are intercropped rather than either being produced in isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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