To close the yield-gap while saving biodiversity will require multiple locally relevant strategies

Saul A. Cunningham, Simon J. Attwood, Kamal S. Bawa, Tim G. Benton, Linda M. Broadhurst, Raphael K. Didham, Sue McIntyre, Ivette Perfecto, Michael J. Samways, Teja Tscharntke, John Vandermeerh, Marc-André Villard, Andrew G. Young and David B. Lindenmayer - Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

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Farm Table says:

Interesting article that delves into closing the yield-gap while saving biodiversity and the relevant strategies that can be implemented across various land types.

This article discusses closing the yield-gap while saving biodiversity using multiple locally relevant strategies.

Key points were as follows:

  • As the world population grows, sustainable agricultural systems are needed even more.
  • High yielding crops helps in the sense of food production however the reverse affect is that conventional farming methods negatively affect biodiversity.
  • In a vicious cycle agriculture relies on the environment but conventional agricultural practices cause damage to the environment.
  • Future concern is that the growing population demand for food will intensify agricultural practices to the point where biodiversity is not highly considered.
  • Due to the wide range of landscapes, climates and soil types there is no one solution to fix this problem. Local strategies can be implemented that are suited to different areas and can each focus on reducing the impact of biodiversity loss.
  • “At landscape scale the potential to maintain biodiversity is greatest when productive land use is limited in extent, or when production systems mimic features of the pre-conversion ecosystem.”
2013 - Australia - Saul A. Cunningham, Simon J. Attwood, Kamal S. Bawa, Tim G. Benton, Linda M. Broadhurst, Raphael K. Didham, Sue McIntyre, Ivette Perfecto, Michael J. Samways, Teja Tscharntke, John Vandermeerh, Marc-André Villard, Andrew G. Young and David B. Lindenmayer - Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
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