Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, comprises of the variety of life at all levels of organization, from genetic diversity within a species to variety within entire regions or ecosystems. Preserving biodiversity is important for multiple reasons, not least of which are the numerous essential services to humankind. Therefore, at Natural Habitats, we recognize conserving biological diversity as one of the key values of our company. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights three major benefits that biodiversity brings to agriculture.
First, biodiversity provides agricultural ecosystems with opportunities to use available resources more efficiently. A rapidly growing global human population, and, as a consequence, growing demand for food bring about new challenges for agriculture. The diversity of the crop gene pool has a critical role to play in enhancing and sustaining production levels. It lowers the chances of crop failure in the midst of climate change, protects from the spread of plant diseases and attacks by plant pests, and can lead to greater yields.
Second, agro-biodiversity ensures the adaptability of ecosystems to changing conditions of the environment. Biologically diverse agro-ecosystems are more resilient to natural and human-made disturbances. When many different species perform similar functions in the ecosystem, there is less chance that the functions will be lost. Unfortunately, the evolution of agriculture from traditional to modern has eroded biodiversity in many areas, such as plant genetic resources, livestock, insects and soil organisms. This erosion has put in jeopardy the ecosystem services and their ability to adapt.
Finally, farmers around the world rely on services that are provided by ecosystems to produce food and raw materials for goods, such as cotton for clothing or wood for shelter. The health of ecosystems greatly depends on biodiversity. It offers them with pollination, fertility and nutrient enhancement, insect and disease management, and water retention. Research shows that richer biodiversity creates more resilient and sustainable ecosystems.
Biodiversity is essential for agriculture. It is the origin of all species of crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them. Biodiversity is also the basis of ecosystem services crucial for support of human well-being. However, while agriculture plays a significant role in preservation and conservation of biodiversity, it is also responsible for considerable damage to it, primarily through extension of cropland and pasture worldwide. Fortunately, the negative externalities of modern agricultural production can be overcome with organic farming practices, sustainable consumption of resources, good landscape‐level planning and corrections in agricultural policies. Changes are necessary at all levels: from major policy reforms by governments and institutions to application of new practices at the local level by communities and farmers.
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Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
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