Girl Planting seeds

Double whammy: Traditional agriculture’s crop diversity depends on the pollinators it is killing, threatening the food supply

Worldwide agribusiness has expanded at a rapid pace in recent decades, especially in regions that once supported tropical and subtropical forests, and it has become progressively pollinator-dependent. This trend can be credited to the agricultural expansion of pollinator?dependent crops, which include mostly oilseed, nut and fruit crops. Meanwhile, crops not reliant on pollinators, which include staples like cereal grains, have experienced a much lower rate of expansion. While agricultural expansion itself is a significant reason for pollinator decline through habitat loss and the use of pesticides and herbicides, the researchers believe that the threats to pollinators may be partially mitigated by cultivating more pollinator dependent crops.  Read more....



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