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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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...

Humans are tidy

A major impact on ecological function is the human requirement to simplify nature. Embracing the messiness of natural areas might be a good thing.

Looking long is scary

Back in the day the clergy planned for the tools to awe the masses that would appear long after they were dead. Humanity needs some of that forward-thinking right now.

Why rare species might not matter

Alloporus constantly bangs on about why biodiversity is not a synonym for conservation. Sustainably FED agrees, and here we discuss why… Spoiler alert — rare is not what matters most.

Why did the snail cross the road?

Why indeed? A snail has no notion of roads, what they are made of or what they are used for or even that it is lousy habitat for a gastropod. So what, you might ask...

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