Startup helps farmers grow crop alternatives in seawater
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Seawater Solutions is a Scottish startup that is teaching farmers how and what crops can be grown in seawater. Plants such as samphire and sea bite are growing in popularity (10% a year), but their salt resistance also makes them future alternatives for farmers facing agricultural pressures including less rain. Land previously poor at producing traditional yields due to sea exposure are irrigated to reflect tidal conditions where salt resistance plants can thrive. Such a scheme would also encourage the return of saltmarshes, a vital ecosystem that supports an abundance of wildlife, which have seen decades of decline through climate change, urbanisation and agricultural development.