Ecology is the engine

Plants capture energy from the sun and convert it into biomass that animals use to survive, grow and reproduce. Only there is far more going on. A host of biodiversity below ground and in the water ensure ecological processes persist. Humans appropriate the subsequent biomass and manipulate the cycling of energy and matter into more and more food. Understanding how we can keep this applied ecology going is the only way to feed everyone.

Ecology is and supports all life and the posts below will help you find out why.

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What is good ecology?

Ecology is the E in FED, the engine room of food production for both subsistence and intensive agriculture. Here we explain why good ecology is central to feeding everyone...

Ecology Topics

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Agriculture emits greenhouse gases

Agricultural practices are the source of over a quarter of GHG emissions. How we grow our food and fibre is a significant source of atmospheric pollution—a challenging but necessary admission.

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Comment | A possum problem

None of the integration of food, ecology and diet advocated here on sustainably FED is easy. There are many challenges in a more ecological way of feeding everyone well.

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Overshoot, the precursor to collapse

Overshoot is when the consumption of resources exceeds the amount available, which should trigger the ecological principle of density-dependence to pull consumption back below the resource limit. We had better hope this...

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Silent Spring

On 27 September 2022, it was 60 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, an early warning of what human economic activity will do to nature.

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You really need to know this

Sometimes it is necessary to take stock, to sit under a shady tree and contemplate what brought you to this tree. Then imagine what happens next, given the journey taken and the opportunity to ponder.

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Soil biodiversity matters

Most people have never heard of soil biodiversity, the poor man’s rainforest. But we all should know about it and especially how it maintains critical processes...

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