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Cattle from the Bizkaigane cooperative graze in the open air.

Cattle from the Bizkaigane cooperative graze in the open air.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg
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Climate Adaptation

Europe Wants to Cultivate a New Generation of Sustainable Farmers

As part of their push to cut emissions 55% by the end of the decade, policymakers are debating ways to breathe new life into the continent’s growth industry.

When it came time for Ainhoa Álava to take over her family’s cattle business in Spain, she decided to go in a greener direction. In 2006, at age 30, she launched the country’s first environmentally friendly snail farm.

The venture didn’t last long — Álava quickly got tired of the long, quiet winters when the creatures would hide away in their shells — but her commitment to sustainable agriculture stuck. She began raising chickens for their eggs, giving them plenty of space to run around and keeping them off antibiotics.