Many people shriek and run away when they spot a bee heading for them, but it may be time to give these busy little insects a break. Bees are an important part of a functioning and healthy ecosystem, and organic farming and raising sustainable grass-fed meat could be helping to preserve these important creatures.
According to Louise Payton of the United Kingdom Soil Association, pollinators including bees are responsible for part of the creation of an entire third of the food us humans eat.
If this statement has convinced you how important our winged buzzy friends are, you may be wondering what organic farming has to do with things.
In a new study, researchers at the Oxford University have found organic farming may be supporting biodiversity with its natural approach and methods.
The Journal of Applied Ecology study showed that organic farms have an average of 50 per cent more types of pollinators (such as bees) than farms who run via conventional methods.
In addition, the study found that organic farms may provide support for around 30 per cent more species of animals, plants and insects. This figure remains unchanged in other published studies from the past 30 years, showing that organic farming has long-lasting benefits for species diversity.
By providing an environment in which many species, not just stock such as cows and sheep, can flourish, organic farming supports a much larger segment of the ecosystem.
The lead author of the study from Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences, Sean Tuck, is positive about the potential of organic farming for continued biodiversity benefits.
“Our study has shown that organic farming, as an alternative to conventional farming, can yield significant long-term benefits for biodiversity”, Tuck stated.
This exciting information shows that eating organic meat like beef and lamb is not only delicious, but also supports the environment in other ways.
In fact, Tuck also added that “Organic methods could go some way towards halting the continued loss of diversity in industrialised nations”.
All the more reason to grab a delicious dinner of organic meat and support the organic farming business (and buzzy bees), we say!