Are humans so different to cattle? Opuntia in droughts


When cattle find themselves in an area surrounded by spiny Opuntia and they are starving they start to eat the hedge. This despite the painful spines that lacerate their mouths!

Thus they can continue to live for months being both fed and watered thanks to wonderful Opuntia which is 90% water.

Humans, who could see the drought coming, might have planted non-spiny Prickly Pear Opuntia and learnt several recipes. One of them involves both boiling and frying plus an egg for a delicious breakfast!


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Can fertilizer protect crops during drought?

Is it true that if you cultivate maize using fertilizers there is a possibility the field will be less affected with drought that may occur in a particular season?

(from Diana of Mumuhamba region, Tanzania)


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