An excellent article written by Cornucopia Institute Farm and Food Policy Analyst Marie Burcham which explains how the ecosystem of an organic farm benefits wildlife and how wildlife in turn benefits the farm. Jim
“As any organic farmer knows, balancing on-farm biodiversity with agricultural production can be a constant challenge. Luckily, a wildlife-friendly approach to farming can support animals that provide services to enhance, and even increase, food production.
“Familiar ‘services’ provided by wildlife include pollination and predation of crop pests. Bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles, bats and hummingbirds are well known for their benefits to agriculture as pollinators. However, there are some animals that are often overlooked, their roles as beneficial wildlife misunderstood by farmers and the public.
“One of the biggest benefits wildlife provide to organic farmers is natural pest control. Organic farmers cannot use common poisons for rodent and insect control, and trapping can be both inhumane and labor-intensive. Many animals are useful to balance predator and prey populations within existing farm ecosystems.”