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Agriculture "Going to the birds"

Postby Lightening Bug » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:15 am

Turns out there is a trend in agriculture to use farm design to encourage some birds to consume insects. Thereby cutting down the use of pesticides, and discouraging small birds from eating fruit.

From the article below -

“Our review of research shows that vertebrates consume numerous crop pests and reduce crop damage, which is a key ecosystem service,” said Catherine Lindell, MSU integrative biologist who led the study.

“These pest-consuming vertebrates can be attracted to agricultural areas through several landscape enhancements.”

For example, Lindell and graduate student Megan Shave led earlier research to bring more American kestrels to Michigan orchards.

There's no reason to think small farmers couldn't do the same thing on a limited scale.

What do you think could be done?

Take care. :D
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