Why vanilla is not boring when it comes to biodiversity
Environment Biodiversity Farming

Why vanilla is not boring when it comes to biodiversity

Subhadra Chakrabarty
Subhadra Chakrabarty

In 10 seconds? Recent research suggests agriculture and preserving biodiversity are not mutually exclusive. Researchers have shown how vanilla, - one of our favourite spices – can benefit both people and nature when grown correctly.

Hey, there is malnutrition in the world, why should I care about biodiversity? OK, I hear you. But consider this: as a first step to reaching the goal of feeding the ever-growing population sustainably, we have to identify the importance of biodiversity as a key component of the environment-agriculture trade system. Although it is crucial to maintain an effective food production system, research has shown that the higher the production, the more negatively biodiversity is impacted.  To prevent further degradation of the local and overall ecosystem, UN experts have emphasised the urgency of the matter and have come up with a restoration plan.

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