Sustainable Agriculture
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Organic Farms Support More Species, Greater Biodiversity

Sustainable Agriculture

A meta-analysis of 184 observations from 94 studies has found that on average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species (‘species richness’) than conventional farms. This result was relatively robust across 30 years of data, mostly from developed countries. The research team further found that organic farms had a greater positive effect on biodiversity in intensively farmed regions, providing rich habitats free from pesticides.


Sustainable Agriculture

Agroecology is by definition an innovative, creative process of interactions among small-scale producers and their natural environments. Indigenous knowledge systems are invaluable resources for agroecological farming systems that emulate and coexist with natural ecosystem processes.

Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

Sustainable Agriculture

Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to a "truly ecological intensification" approach. This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.

Kew’s growth strategy: hybrid crops without the genetic modification

Sustainable Agriculture

Plan to crossbreed crops with their wild cousins to help boost resistance to climate change

British researchers are leading an unprecedented global project to track down and store wild relatives of common crops – to help breed hybrids with higher yields that could be resistant to the effects of climate change.

Crossing staple crops such as wheat, potatoes and rice with their wild cousins offers a natural, safe alternative to the genetic modification of plants in the lab, according to experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which is behind the scheme.

Plants Warn One Another of Pest Attack through Mycorrhizal Fungal Network

Sustainable Agriculture

Exquisite inter-species relationships between plants and fungi threatened by industrial farming Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji

A network of the soil microorganism - arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - act as an underground intercommunications system between plants to warn off aphid attacks, a recent study from the University of Aberdeen in the UK reveals [1].

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