Maria Elena Martinez-Torres is from Mexico and is research associate at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) in Berkeley, California. She is also director of Desarrollo Alternativo, AC, a nonprofit organization in Mexico that works toward alternative, sustainable development practices.
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"Highly capitalized plantation groves are so degraded by erosion ... that their productivity is plunging. Organic practices appear to be seriously improving the soil, lending support to the notion that the process of conversion to organic is a real investment in building natural capital for the future."