Biodiversity is essential

Biodiversity is essential

This is going to be one of those “I told you so” posts, but at least scientists are slowly and finally waking up to farming practices that have worked for thousands of years and were destroyed (or in the process of destruction) by modern science and their government and agribusiness allies. So, some scientists are rediscovering good things that they were told in agricultural universities were passé and bad.

To many of us, just the title of this article is nothing but common knowledge and common sense. But, it doesn’t make money for agribusiness nor does it fund grants from said companies looking for research results that agree with their completely incorrect view of the agricultural world. Even worse, no one takes indigenous knowledge in academia seriously (expect anthropologists) unless “real” scientists discover it. Meaning, they actually discover nothing, just observe what works and pretend they discovered something new.

In any case,

McGill University evolutionary biologist Ben Haller in collaboration with IIASA Evolution and Ecology Program Leader Ulf Dieckmann and IIASA researcher Rupert Mazzucco, suggests that a varied environment spurs the evolution of new species and promotes biodiversity by creating places of refuge — “refugia” — for new organisms to evolve.

Ummm, makes sense, especially on farms where agricultural scientists are doing all they can to eliminate biodiversity and go with mono crop after mono crop, including with animals. Farms must encourage biodiversity, it is that simple. Otherwise, one day, there will be no food.

This brief post ties in with some future posts on the loss of farm livestock biodiversity, something most people don’t think about as they are usually focused on plants and don’t think about livestock. But, the USDA’s factory model of meat production has as much to lose, if not more, than crop growers with biodiversity losses.

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1 Comment on Environmental complexity promotes biodiversity

  1. Traditionally, farmers throughout the world have raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. However, since today’s industrial farms rely upon only a few specialized types of livestock and crops, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have disappeared, along with the valuable genetic diversity they possessed. Fortunately, a growing number of sustainable farmers are preserving agricultural variety and protecting biodiversity by raising “heritage” or “heirloom” animal breeds and crops.

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