Researchers Advocate Combining Nature Conservation and Agricultural Production

A study by researchers at the University of Göttingen in Germany concluded in favor of coordinated approaches that combine nature conservation and agricultural production in sustainably managed landscapes. “Many researchers argue that agricultural production on existing land should be intensified to increase yields while reducing agricultural pressure on the last areas of wilderness,” explains study author Dr. Ingo Grass. “However, biodiversity and agriculture are often closely intertwined and many species are also beneficial to the farmer.” Study authors recommend that protected areas and high-yield food-production areas should be connected by hedges or strips of land in order to create maximum biodiversity and benefits to people.