News From the Wild Side-May 2016

Last month, the Wild Farm Alliance team headed to Lubbock for the Texas Pollinator PowWow Conference. It was three-days filled with incredible presentations and a field trip to a privately-owned native shortgrass prairie and playa lake with experts on bees, plants, birds, and butterflies. 

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Support Wild Farms - The Solution is On Our Plate

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Food makes us who we are, from our first taste of a raspberry, to the food served at an important celebration. So many people are questioning where their food comes from, focusing on local and pesticide-free, and while important, they are not enough. 

 

 

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News From the Wild Side-April 2016

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Spring is in full bloom - cherry blossoms and other early blooms are open, migrating birds are making their way north, bees, snakes, and other hibernating creatures are waking from their winter slumber, new life is abounding - so much to witness and appreciate.

 

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The National Organic Program finalizes Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance

usda_organic_logo.jpgFinal NOP’s Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance is Raising the Bar to a Higher Level, but Did Not Go Far Enough

On January 15, 2016 the National Organic Program (NOP) released the final version of their Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance. It comes after Wild Farm Alliance and partners wrote the initial text and subsequently led comments from the organic community on the NOP’s draft.

 

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News From the Wild Side - January 2016

fs-ComanagingStewardship.jpgHappy New Year! Wild Farm Alliance is excited for 2016, and we are so grateful to begin this new year with you. 

Your support is the backbone of our work. Because of you, we are starting off 2016 stronger than ever. Last year, you helped strengthen the capacity of farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change through regenerative agriculture. You also helped to educate consumers about the impact on biodiversity that their food choices have. And finally, your support in 2015 helped finalize the new food safety rule that encourages wildlife habitat on the farm. 

 

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Highlights of How FDA's Produce Rule Affects Diversity on the Farm and the Surrounding Landscape

With our encouragement, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) written by Congress sought to make sure that conservation mandates would be addressed in these regulations, and that no conflicts or duplication would occur with the National Organic Program. While we don't like everything in this Produce Rule (there was no attempt to rein in misguided buyer requirements), we feel FDA heard our concerns about conservation.  

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New Research Shows Bats are Spooktacular!

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This is the time of year where bats often get a bad rap and are mistaken for vicious blood sucking creatures. An old Halloween lore, unless of course you are the larvae of a corn earworm moth.

Corn earworm moths and their larvae can devastate corn, tomatoes, and cotton crops. But a recent study was just released showing the enormous benefits bats provide in pest control, especially for corn. This study looked at the bat predation of the corn earworm larvae in Illinois. 

 

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The Future of Our Farms Depends on Biodiversity

recent study was published showing the devastating loss of crop diversity over the last three decades. This alarming loss of crop diversity is not just about fewer varieties of food crops, it has much bigger implications. For example, fields of monocultures diminish soil fertility, eliminate wildlife habitat, and encourage pesticide applications.

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