Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the basis of agriculture. It has enabled farming systems to evolve ever since agriculture was first developed some 10,000 years ago. Biodiversity is the origin of all species of crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them. It is also the foundation of ecosystem services essential to sustain agriculture and human well-being. Today’s crop and livestock biodiversity are the result of many thousands years of human intervention.

Biodiversity and agriculture are strongly interrelated because while biodiversity is critical for agriculture, agriculture can also contribute to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Indeed, sustainable agriculture both promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity. Maintenance of this biodiversity is essential for the sustainable production of food and other agricultural products and the benefits these provide to humanity, including food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

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Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers

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Farm Management Handbook 2018/2019

The 39th edition of the Farm Management Handbook is an essential tool for any progressive farm business, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information for farmers, rural professionals, students…

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Practical Guide: Improving water margins for biodiversity and multiple benefits – Livestock farms

Practical Guide: Improving Water Margins for biodiversity and Multiple benefits – Livestock farms

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Practical Guide: Improving water margins for biodiversity and multiple benefits – Arable farms

Practical Guide: Improving Water Margins for biodiversity and Multiple benefits – Arable farms  

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AECS – what’s new?

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