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Natural Habitat around Farms Protects Yields and Environment, Study Says

A study led by the University of California, Davis, showed that natural habitat around strawberry farms helps protect yields, reduce grower costs, and protect the environment. Additionally, the presence of natural habitat posed no threat to food safety. The study indicated that adding natural habitat can decrease costs of crop damage by birds by 23%, while removing natural habitat can increase costs by as much as 76%. The natural habitat mutes the effect of birds on crops. The results of this study run contrary to recommended farm management practices that have been encouraging habitat removal to decrease bird fecal contamination and crop damage.