From boosting production to maintaining biodiversity: Here are the multiple benefits of pollinators

(Image Credit: kathleenallen.net) Would you like to see a bee or a beetle or even a butterfly on your meal by accidently? Probably, you will not because it gives an unpleasant feeling to you. But do you know? They play a major role as pollinators in the process of getting your meal into your hand. If these tiny guys disappear, you will not have a meal to eat. What are the pollinators? Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. As per the definition,…

Here are the 5 Key Drivers of Loss in Soil Biodiversity

Land use change, unsustainable soil management practices, invasive species, pollution, soil sealing, and urbanization are the main causes of soil biodiversity loss. Introducing invasive plant species should be avoided as invasive species compete with other species/native species for water, sunlight, nutrients. And also, invasive species have the ability to dominate the ecosystem. Then soil fertility gets reduced, and soil conditions become relatively poor. Here are the main key drivers of loss of soil biodiversity: Land…

4 ACTIONS you can take to reduce SOIL POLLUTION

From deforestation to improper waste disposal, there is a number of factors that are eroding the nature-gifted treasure i.e. soil. These factors include inorganic as well as organic compounds that have a significant adverse effect on soil. Soil pollution has serious ramifications on food security. Also, it affects food availability by reducing crop yields and hampering crop growth owing to toxic levels of contaminants, thus increasing the problem of food security. Hence, for a sustainable future, it is crucial to

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: Date, Theme, Significance and Key Messages to Share

Every year, the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on June 17 to make people aware about international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a special opportunity to remind everybody that "land degradation neutrality" can be achieved through co-operation among all the stakeholders. What is Desertification? Desertification, in simple words, is the degradation of land. It occurs because dryland ecosystems are highly vulnerable to several factors, including over-exploitation,

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Soil Erosion: A worrisome threat to agricultural productivity

Every year, more than 45 billion tons of soil is lost to erosion all over the world. As over 90 per cent of food is cultivated in soil, the health and availability of good-quality soil directly affects the quality and quantity of the food production. While natural factors such as wind and rain will always cause some erosion, this is exacerbated by unsuitable agricultural practices, including overgrazing, deforestation and climate change. What is soil erosion? Soil erosion is a natural process that displaces the

World Oceans Day: History, Significance, Quotes & this year’s theme

World Oceans Day is marked every year on June 8 to create awareness about the multiple benefits that humanity receives from the oceans that feed us and regulate our climate. World Oceans Day 2021 Theme This year's main focus will be on the life as well as livelihood that the ocean sustains. The theme for this year's edition is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”. History The concept of celebrating this day was initially proposed in the year 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In the year 2008, the

World Food Safety Day: Date, Theme and Significance of Safe Food in Our Lives

Celebrated on June 7 every year, World Food Safety Day (WFSD) inspires action and draw attention to help prevent and manage foodborne risks that are often caused by viruses, bacteria or chemical substances entering the human body through contaminated food or polluted water. Food safety has become even more necessary during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although there's no evidence that the deadly contagion can live or grow on food, safe hygiene practices are still recommended by the international organisations for your

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