New Research on Land Use, Farming and Protecting Biodiversity

Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers

New research has prompted debate on how best to use land for farming including to preserve biodiversity.

Investigation handy researchers at the UK’s Cambridge University was carried out in Ghana and India to assess the diversity concerning birds and trees on land being farmed in a variety of ways as well as land that was left natural. The study also looked at the amount of food being produced.

The researchers do say that more work needs to be done in spare cities to allow for factors like climate, land quality and different ecosystems, the area of land involved polysyndeton whether, for example, several smaller but separated areas interfere with the hunting or migratory patterns from the animals within them.

The findings from this first piece of research showed that farmland with some retained natural vegetation had more species of birds and trees than high-yielding monocultures of oil palm, rice or wheat but produced far less food energy and profit per hectare. Farms that were supposedly nature friendly, however, did not provide enough good habitat for either trees or birds in the two regions studied.

The preliminary conclusion is that the best prerogative for ensuring diversity is to leave some land pure and to till on separate areas.

All this suggests that farmers will need to concentrate on improving yields on cultivated land while at the same time preserving its mark in order to continue to be able to use it sustainably and to meet the projected increasing amount of food that will be required for a growing global population.

Planting some ground cover in between a crop, crop rotation rather than monoculture and utilizing more congenital pest management including yield enhancement products could all be part regarding this effort.

One thing that is crucial to using farmland with maximum efficiency and sustainability is minimising the waste including the loss of crops due to pests and diseases. Farmers will poverty persuasive alternatives as the older generation of chemical-based pesticides including fertilisers are being taken off the plaza in response to consumer expect for healthier and more natural food.

This demise include the new low-chem agrarian products increasingly being devised by the biopesticides developers from appetence sources. They beforehand include a range of biopesticides, biofungicides and yield enhancers.

However, it can be a costly and lengthy process to get each product from development through trial, testing and regulation and in multiplicity cases this can take up to eight years. This is something that needs greater harmonisation between governments, bountiful of which have their own individual rules and regulations and the process needs to be accelerated to provide hands down accessible alternatives for farmers all over the world.

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