Agricultural supplies like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and animal feed may be swapped in order to make way for other crops.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a new technology called swidden agriculture could help farmers avoid costly losses in the event of a disaster.
Swidden agriculture is a technology that could be used to produce and process crops on a farm without damaging their soil, making them resistant to the elements and other challenges.
According to the Wall Street Review, farmers could harvest crops from swidden areas and store the resulting crops in bins, where they would be more easily harvested.
It’s unclear what types of crops would be swaged in a swidden field, but farmers could use seeds that are genetically engineered, so they would not require costly gene drives to get the crops through the process.
Swedish researchers have been working on the technology for more than a decade, but the technology has been a long way off in the United States.
Sweden is one of the most prominent nations in the world when it comes to swidden farming, with around 200 swidden farms in operation, according to Swedish news outlet The Local.
Swedes currently use more than 500,000 tons of water each year, the largest amount in the country, and the average amount of irrigation is around 5 million cubic meters per year, according the report.
Sweds are also one of a few countries that can produce enough food in a day without any additional infrastructure, according The Local, which cites data from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Swede farms could also be used for agricultural production of a variety of crops, including tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, swedish farmers could produce 1.2 million metric tons of food a day, or roughly the amount needed to feed 1.6 million Americans.