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Coverage of monocultures since May 15, 2021.

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Enjoy your guac while you still can: Why some chefs are smashing the avocado trend

"...Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, told CTV's Your Morning on Tuesday that avocado production is linked to a loss of biodiversity, water shortages and deforestation..."

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Saik'uz First Nation makes swift changes to forest management in its territory

"...“The cause is decades of mismanagement through unsustainable development—large clear cuts and monoculture tree plantations as far as the eye can see. So today, we are announcing that these practices will no longer take place in our territory. ”..."

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Can We 'Vaccinate' Forests Against Destructive Wildfires?

"...Wildfires threaten the economy, our communities, and even our health. Western Canada is on track to see hundreds to thousands of premature deaths due to wildfire smoke every year. Tens to hundreds of megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be released by the fires, further fueling climate change..."

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Protests aren't anti-forestry

"...Some people are suggesting that the forest protectors want an end to the forestry industry. This is not the case. We are in favour of a sustainable, selective harvest of the 90 per cent of forests in B..."

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Green Team Greater Victoria tackles invasive species removal at UVic

"...Amanda Evans, left, instructs Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers on where to cut invasive species. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)..."

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E-Tips: Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity

"...Everything is connected on planet Earth and every plant, insect, animal, fungi, and microscopic creature has a purpose and reason for being. Even mosquitoes! They are food for many, including bats and fish, and are annoying to us humans but very important and vital to the beings that rely on them. Wetlands protect areas from flooding and storm surges and provide habitat and migratory pit stops for many travelling birds..."

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No Mow May has some way to go

"...Without going over too much of the same ground that the previous Land Lines posts covered, No Mow May originated in the UK, and the idea has spread. The aim is to look at a lawn as an entire ecosystem, rather than as a monoculture of immaculate grass or, in a few extreme examples I’ve seen, as a golf putting green. By forgoing mowing the lawn for as long as possible, No Mow May attempts to provide more diverse habitat for the insects and birds that feast on them during the critical spring season..."

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Letter: Calling logging ‘sustainable' doesn't make it so

"...Science shows that only old-growth forests have a high degree of biodiversity and provide food and homes for wildlife. Animals die when we eradicate what they eat and where they live. Replanting with monoculture tree plantations, dousing them with pesticides, and cutting them down within 40 to 80 years does not provide homes and food for wildlife..."

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Farm robots are the future; let's start preparing now, researcher argues

"...No longer science fiction, farm robots are already here--and they have created two possible extremes for the future of agriculture and its impacts on the environment, argues agricultural economist Thomas Daum in a Science & Society article published July 13 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution. One is a utopia, where fleets of small, intelligent robots farm in harmony with nature to produce diverse, organic crops. The other is a dystopia in which large, tractor-like robots subdue the landscape through heavy machinery and artificial chemicals..."

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Soil Health Can Positively Affect Farm Revenue JSTOR Daily

"...The authors suggest that farms can diversify their crops to increase soil fertility, or even mix livestock and crops. In turn, a more diverse ecosystem is more likely to be resilient to the many issues farmers face today and in the future, like climate change, evolving markets, and land degradation. In future studies, the researchers want to increase the length of the dataset to see if these findings are true over time..."

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To mow, or not to mow, that is the question

"...Dan Kraus (DK): No Mow May originated in the UK, but has spread to other countries. While the intent is to postpone the first spring mow as long as possible, the spirit of No Mow May is to get us to reimagine our lawns and other green spaces around us as an ecosystem. We can manage that ecosystem in a way that improves the health and diversity of nature..."

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Jack Knox: Your lawn laziness can save the planet

"...The idea, says the Nature Conservancy’s Jensen Edwards, is to offer pollinators access to as much food and nectar as possible during the early growing season. All those little flowers in your lawn, the clover and the dandelions, are like a buffet to them at a time when they really need it..."

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Why It Is Not Enough to Simply Plant Millions of Trees

"...What is the Relationship Between Deforestation And Climate Change? by Rainforest Alliance ..."

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Can Europe's forests still be saved? | DW Documentary

"...From there it's off to the Massif Central, where a German-French couple is fighting to improve a forest economy plagued by clear-cutting and monoculture..."

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The impacts of agricultural and urban land-use changes on plant and bird biodiversity in Costa Rica (1986?2014)

"...Our results confirm that deforestation has been reversed and most of the biodiversity considered is housed in forestland, but also that the expansion of export monocultures and urban sprawl have fragmented and isolated these tropical forests..."

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Oil palm and rubber expansion facilitates earthworm invasion in Indonesia

"...Deforestation, plantation expansion and other human activities in tropical ecosystems are often associated with biological invasions..."

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Water use efficiencies, economic tradeoffs, and portfolio optimizations of diversification farm systems in a desert oasis of No

"...However, the water productivity, tradeoffs, and water-use portfolios of farm diversification in agroforestry combination with tree and/or crop monocultures are still missing, especially in arid water shortage regions..."

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The evolution of the blue-green revolution of rice-fish cultivation for sustainable food production

"...Combining the blue revolution (aquaculture) and the green revolution (agriculture), integrated rice-fish cultivation would provide a form of sustainable intensification that able to produce more food from the same area of land and water without or less environmental impacts..."

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Integrating Ecological Stoichiometry to Understand Nutrient Limitation and Potential for Competition in Mixed Pasture Assemblag

"...Methods This study established a model mixed pasture system to assess tissue C:N and C:P stoichiometry and aboveground biomass (AGB) in a grass (Phalaris aquatica) and legume (Trifolium vesiculosum) under factorial inputs of high and low nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), in monoculture and mixture..."

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Scattered trees in an oil palm landscape: Density, size and distribution

"...In tropical landscapes dominated by oil palm monocultures, scattered trees can contribute to biodiversity, regulate diverse ecosystem functions and deliver goods and services..."

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Epigeic fauna (with emphasis on ant community) response to land-use change for sugarcane expansion in Brazil

"...In Brazil, LUC for sugarcane expansion over extensive pasture has been taking place for promoting bioenergy production; however, conventional sugarcane cultivation includes monoculture, periodic soil tillage and agrochemicals may alter the quantity and quality of crop residue inputs, soil habitats and communities of soil fauna..."

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Plant-parasitic nematodes as a potential threat to protected agriculture: Current status and management options

"...Due to climate change, population explosion, shrinkage of arable land and reduced water availability, a paradigm shift in global crop production is occurring towards protected agriculture..."

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Exotic pastureland is better than Eucalyptus monoculture: ?-diversity responses of flower chafer beetles to Brazilian Atlantic

"...Human activities, such as conversion and degradation of habitats, are modifying the natural ecosystems, causing biodiversity declines globally..."

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Microalgal Co-cultivation for Biofuel Production and Bioremediation: Current Status and Benefits

"...Recent microalgal co-culture studies showed considerable potential for easy biomass harvesting and reduction in overall energy consumption cost..."

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C-sequestration and resilience to climate change of globe artichoke cropping systems depend on crop residues management

"...A 10-year experiment was considered to forecast the influence on soil C dynamic of three globe artichoke managements: monoculture with dry crop residues incorporation (conventional monoculture), monoculture with the inclusion of a cover crop (alternative monoculture), and rotation with cauliflower plus cover crop (biannual rotation)..."

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