Agriculture accounts for approximately 40% of the land area on planet Earth and has been a major factor in global biodiversity decline. It is ironic, then, that agriculture is now showing conspicuous signs of faltering because of a breakdown in the services provided by nature. Pest control, soil fertility and nutrient cycling are amongst the most important of these. Industrialised agriculture, in striving for greater levels of productivity, uses inputs such as millions of tons of pesticides and fertilisers to replace natural processes.Reliance on technologies based on non - renewable resources has widely acknowledged problems including pollution, human safety and – in the case of pesticides– reduced efficacy as a result of resistance developing in pest populations.
|Title of host publication||Biodiversity and Insect Pests|
|Subtitle of host publication||Key Issues for Sustainable Management|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2012|