Transition Sunderland

What Can WE Do About Biodiversity Loss?

Transitioners can do many things to help biodiversity, some obvious some not so obvious and no one person can do it all. Some choose to set aside parts of their gardens for wildlife, some join other conservation groups in taking action for wildlife; some don’t have time to give, but donate money instead. One way which is not so obvious is taking account of where your food comes from. The dominant food production system is set up for profit with very little thought for biodiversity. Vast areas of land are covered in mono crops, a single species of plant which is raised intensively using petrochemical based fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides – not good for biodiversity! Some of these areas are thousands of miles from where we live, the food needs to be transported this distance to arrive in our shops, all of this process is energy intensive. Some people choose not to support this system and prefer to buy food locally, preferably organic (if they can afford it). Organic food production works with natural systems which are far kinder to biodiversity, and buying food produced locally reduces energy used in transport, so reducing our carbon footprint.




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