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Balancing Agriculture
and Biodiversity: Nurturing the Web of Life

The interplay between agriculture and biodiversity has deep historical roots, particularly in Western Europe where agricultural landscapes shape the land and impact biodiversity. However, the intensification and specialization of farming practices have brought negative consequences for biodiversity. The increased use of fertilizerspesticides, and the simplification of agricultural landscapes have disrupted ecosystems and led to a reduction in species diversity.

Nevertheless, there is hope in less intensive production methods that have shown positive effects on biodiversity. The complexity of landscapes plays a crucial role in preserving biodiversity within agricultural areas, mitigating the negative impacts of intensive farming. Restorative measures and the exploration of synergies between agriculture and biodiversity are being considered to strike a balance that preserves both.

Within livestock farming, the management of genetic diversity in domestic animal breeds is a critical component. The focus on purebred animals has led to a decline in genetic variability, particularly in dairy cattle. However, efforts have been made to conserve endangered breeds through selection programs and cryobanks, recognizing their social and economic value.

The coexistence of livestock farming and large predators, such as wolves, has become a contentious issue. Wolf predation poses challenges for farmers, necessitating changes in farming practices and potential conflicts. Achieving a balance between the needs of livestock farming and predator conservation requires careful consideration and compromise.

Grasslands, found in various forms throughout Europe, play a vital role in supporting biodiversity. Grazing and mowing practices significantly impact the floral and faunal richness of grasslands, with lower stocking rates and mixed grazing proving beneficial. Grasslands also contribute to the heterogeneity of landscapes, providing habitats and food resources for numerous species. Combining extensive and intensive grasslands can enhance biodiversity on a larger scale and protect rare species.


It is important to recognize that our impact on biodiversity extends beyond national borders, as our consumption patterns affect biodiversity in other countries through activities like importing animal feed. Preserving biodiversity is essential for the well-being and future of our planet. By understanding and valuing the intricate web of life, we can make informed decisions and take collective action to protect and restore biodiversity.

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One health : animal and human are linked

The connection between livestock farming and human health is multifaceted, encompassing various aspects. In this blog post, we will explore the vital role of animal products can have in human nutrition and delve into the interdependence of human and animal health.

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