Biodiversity is a measure of the abundance of different types of organisms in an ecosystem. A monoculture of corn, for example, is not very biodiverse, whereas an agroforestry system may contain dozens or more species. More diverse ecosystems are more resilient both ecologically and (for farmers) economically. When thinking about biodiversity in the context of farming, it is critical to think about biodiversity both above and below ground. Soil, in fact, is the most critical ecosystem that farmers are managing. An important part of Plant With Purpose's training is thinking about soil as an ecosystem rather than just a physical structure that supports crops.
What is biodiversity? Why is it important?
March 15, 2022