Crops

Decline in Pollinators Puts Supply of Raw Materials for Global Business at Risk, Says Report

13th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Independent.  “Businesses face a shortage of raw materials and a drop in the quality of crop as the number of bees decline worldwide, a new report warns. Approximately three quarters of crops around the world depend on pollination, all of which could soon be threatened as more than a… [more]

The Pollination Deficit: Towards Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Pollinator Decline

13th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

“Companies face potential shortages of raw materials, a fall in crop quality and challenges around security of supply because of an emerging pollination deficit, according to a report authored by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the University of… [more]

Complementarity & Synergisms Among Ecosystem Services Supporting Crop Yield

10th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Food Security. Highlights Crop yield depends on biotic pest regulation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. Such dependence occurs simultaneously, rather than one service at a time. Complementary effects between services on crop yield are the most frequent. Positive interactions are common, while evidence for negative interactions is weak. Agricultural… [more]

UN FAO Urges ‘Agroecology’ to Fight Famine

4th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Current food production methods are harming the planet while failing to provide millions of the world’s poor with enough to eat, the UN food agency warned Tuesday. Instead, the adoption of “agroecology”, which improves soil quality and costs less for farmers, would help reverse growing food insecurity, the Food and Agriculture… [more]

American Kestrels, Most Common Predatory Birds in U.S., “Replacing chemicals” by Keeping Pests At Bay

3rd April 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Farmers are reducing the environmental impacts of pesticide use by attracting birds of prey to their lands. In some areas, American kestrels—small falcons—are replacing chemicals by keeping pests and invasive species away from crops. Results of a new study, led by Michigan State University (MSU) scientists and appearing… [more]

Agroforestry Bolsters Biodiversity & Villages in Sri Lanka

30th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Highlights: Residents of the rural Sri Lankan village of Pitekele relied on the nearby rainforest as a source of food, fuel, fiber and medicine for millennia until it was made into a park. The forest’s new conservation status and strict rules for accessing traditional products caused traditional “home… [more]