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1 January 2019 | Italy

Sicily's farmers go tropical in the face of climate change

When Andrea Passanisi started cultivating mangoes and avocados in his family's vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna in 2001, he was just 17. His neighbors, who were more used to olives and oranges, thought he was crazy.
"I wanted to tell a different Sicilian tale," he said. "One of adaptation and future vision."
So Passanisi removed old plants, introduced new ones, and founded Sicilia Avocado, an eco-friendly company that now exports organic avocados, passion fruit and finger limes across Europe and China.

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