A recent Yale Environment 360 article, In Conservative Bavaria, Citizens Force Bold Action on Protecting Nature, explores how Germany’s most politically conservative region adopted a referendum and progressive law to change industrial farming practices and protect biodiversity.Read more
This was a banner year for Wild Farm Alliance and your support made it possible - thank you!
From successfully pushing the National Organic Standards Board to protect Native Ecosystems to training inspectors and certifiers on how to support and assess for biodiversity conservation - this year was exciting!Read more
Stay up-to-date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance!Read more
Stay up to date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance!Read more
Stay up-to-date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance.Read more
Action Alert: Call on your Assemblymember to support investments in natural resources solutions to climate change!
California supporters - Please call or write to your Assemblymember asking them to sign on to proposal for $400 million for natural and working lands climate change investments.Read more
I recently returned from a birding trip and was fortunate enough to see this great blue heron hunting for gophers in a pasture. Many a farmer knows these birds are their allies in rodent control, as are the closely related egrets that follow tractors in hopes of their prey being turned up. But so are our small songbirds.Read more
The cultivation of trees on agricultural land helps to enrich soils, maintain soil moisture and stop erosion, provide vital habitat for wildlife, as well as store carbon. This practice, where tree and shrub cultivation is incorporated among crops or pasture, is called agroforestry and is the center of attention in a recent study looking at how to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.Read more
While summer’s bounty and our farmers are churning out an abundance of food for us humans and non-humans (think insect pollinators and beneficial birds), we are keeping our eye on research and policies that benefit conservation-minded farmers and the wider landscape.
Recently WFA worked with partners in California to support the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Healthy Soils Initiative (HSI) which is housed in the Agriculture Climate Benefits Act, SB 367. This initiative was designed to funnel more than $20 million into a new program to support sustainable agriculture efforts that not only address climate change mitigation, but also promote biodiversity measures on the farm. This initiative is a step in the right direction and will serve as a model for other states working to address climate change mitigation through on-farm measures. We sent the director of CFDA a letter (Click here to read the full letter) stating our support along with recommendations on improving the initiative to include more conservation measures.Read more