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Fort Myers 'Global Garden' a Test Bed for Ending World Hunger

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A Southwest Florida group focused on spreading agricultural awareness and education around the globe is building a "global garden" test bed as part of its efforts to end world hunger.


The garden now growing at Echo International in North Fort Myers mimics growing conditions seen in seven different climate types around the world. Tours of the garden are happening next week during Echo's Global Food and Farm Festival, giving visitors a glimpse of Echo’s efforts to grow nutrient-dense foods capable of thriving in a variety of growing conditions.

Friday at 1:30 p.m., Echo's director of agriculture Rick Burnette joins the program to talk about the importance of biodiversity in agriculture, and how Echo is working to meet the challenges of feeding millions of people around the world. 

Also joining the program from Echo is Danielle Flood, a former missionary who spent two years working in Niger, West Africa before joining Echo's efforts in Fort Myers.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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