Farming Matters March 2012: Insects on Farm
March 28th, 2012
The March 2012 Issue of the Farming Matters Magazine “Small-scale agriculture for a sustainable society” focuses on insects on farms: “Friends or foes? Our love/hate relationship with insects”
Insects pollinate crops and work as natural predators in the field. Yet insects often have a negative reputation in agriculture, and billions of dollars are spent every year fighting them.
The use of pesticides, a loss of habitats, the cultivation of exogenous species, all provide potential threats for insect populations: their effect is seen in, for example, the decline of bee populations. What are the implications of this for family farmers? Can they contribute to efforts restore insect populations?
Issue 28.1 looks at these issues, focusing on the many ways in which small-scale farmers benefit from insects, and on the steps they take in order to increase these benefits.