It’s not a choice between biodiversity and agriculture: we need both

Healthy ecosystems are the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security for people around the world, including Australia.

Researchers have found that healthy ecosystems help produce more food per hectare of agricultural land, are more resilient to climate change and produce more economic benefits for poor communities.

“How we manage and invest in the connections between ecosystems, water and food could help us avoid water scarcity and meet the growing food demands of a global population tipped to reach nine billion by 2050,” the project’s lead researcher said.

“Diversifying our crops, planting trees on farms and improving rainwater collection are important practical steps we can take to improve these connections.”

Read more at Charles Sturt University