Without bees pollinating our crops the future of the world hangs in the balance, and this crucial little workforce has seen a huge and alarming decline globally in the last 40 years.
We’ve always known that bees love organic farms, but are they just diverting from other conventional farms and habitats, or are they actually thriving on organic crops and pasture with the result of a healthier and more diverse population?
A 3-year study at Sweden’s Lund University, just completed, happily confirms the latter – ‘that the number of bumblebee species in organic farms was higher and more stable over time and space than in conventional farms.’
“This is the first large-scale study over the course of several years to show that organic farming has a consistent, stabilizing effect on pollinator diversity ,” says Romain Carrié, a postdoctoral researcher.
Great news for Organic Farming, and for Bees! Read more about the study and its results here:
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