One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

Image: Dinesh Valke from Thane, India via Wikimedia Commons

A new practice is giving traditional mining a run for its money, and it’s environmentally sustainable. “Phytomining” is the practice of producing metal from plants, and farmers worldwide are bringing the method to the forefront of resource-gathering innovation.

Other plants accumulate other types of metal, making the possibilities of extracting metal from plants endless.

Additionally, the practice is affordable, profitable, and can be carbon-negative, making it an attractive investment for mining companies looking to diversify their operations. Experts hope that phytomining can be the key to a successful transition away from strip mining.

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