FARMING WITH NATURE IN MIND
By Av Singh “When farms are factories, they produce commodities and profit for agribusiness and charge external costs to the land and rural communities. When farms are natural habitats for humans, domesticated crops and livestock, and also for wild plants and animals, they produce food and multiple other benefits for society… We need all people to look at farming with new eyes, to see the potential of the farm as natural habitat, and to refuse to accept the inevitability of farms becoming rural factories to serve the global economy. We must teach that ‘the land is one organism.’” —Dana Jackson, The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems. 2002.
For more info, see “Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control” with suggestions for ways to increase the beneficial habitat population to increase biodiversity in orchards and farms.