biodiversity

Hedgerows and flower strips increase natural pest control and pollination, but with some distinctions…

Hedgerows and flower strips are often planted among crops to boost beneficial insect populations, but there are few comprehensive studies that compare different types of floral plantings for their impacts on the services beneficial insects can provide like natural pest control and pollination.

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The effectiveness of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control, pollination services and crop yield: a quantitative synthesis

A quantitative synthesis published in Ecology Letters. Floral plantings are promoted to foster ecological intensification of agriculture through provisioning of ecosystem services. However, a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of different floral plantings, their characteristics and consequences for crop yield is lacking. Here we quantified the impacts of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control (18 studies) and pollination services (17 studies) in adjacent crops in North America, Europe and New Zealand.

'Organic Farming Research Foundation': organic for climate research priorities

As legislators continue to consider comprehensive climate legislation, OFRF is working closely with Congress and partner organizations to ensure the voices of organic farmers are heard on Capitol Hill. Organic agriculture has great potential to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides, and build resilience to a changing climate in our farms, ranches, rural communities, and food systems.

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EU Court of Auditors: EU action had little effect on halting the decline of wild pollinators

Measures did not ensure the protection of wild pollinators, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The biodiversity strategy to 2020 was largely ineffective in preventing their decline. In addition, key EU policies, among which the Common Agricultural Policy, do not include specific requirements for the protection of wild pollinators. On top of this, EU pesticides legislation is a main cause of wild pollinator loss, say the auditors.

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Special issue of "Animals" dedicated to "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production"

The opportunity to present papers on the theme "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production" is now open on Animals, an international open access magazine entirely dedicated to animals, including zoology and veterinary sciences, published monthly online. Guest editor Dr. Valentina Ferrante, from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Università degli Studi di Milano.

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IFOAM Int.: how organic agriculture protects and nurtures the environment

“Time for Nature”: that was  the theme of this year’s World Environment Day. On the 7th June 2020, we have joined the world in advocating for healthier practices that do not harm nature, but protect and nurture it. At IFOAM – Organics International, we know the immense environmental benefits of organic agriculture to all forms of life.

Organic boosts biodiversity

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European Court of Auditors: biodiversity on farmland, CAP contribution has not halted the decline

In Europe, the number and variety of animal species on farmland – “farmland biodiversity” – is in marked decline. Yet the EU committed to stop biodiversity loss by 2020. To do this, The Commission planned to allocate €66 billion from the common agricultural policy between 2014 and 2020.

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European Commission launches “Farm to fork” and European biodiversity strategies

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

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A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology

A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology.

“We are writing to you as supporters of the European Citizens Initiative Save Bees and Farmers   which has been already supported by over a quarter of a million EU citizens.

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Net benefit of birds increases on organic farms surrounded by more natural habitat

Certified organic farms are required to support biodiversity, which in return provides important services back to the farm and improves crop yields. A study recently published in the journal Ecological Applications found that the benefit of biodiversity like birds is enhanced on organic farms when there is a lot of natural habitat surrounding the farm.

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