Industrial farming practices like pesticides can harm native bees, contributing to their global decline. UBC master's student Jennifer Lipka is looking at how to make farms more bee-friendly. The stakes are high: without pollinators, everything from food security to native plants is in danger.
The past decade has seen exploding interest in an approach to farming focused on soil health called regenerative agriculture, which proponents say can help fix the climate crisis. The problem? No one agrees on what regenerative agriculture actually means.
Cover crops and other key practices in organic, regenerative, and agroecological farming also help farms weather the climate crisis. In addition to keeping soils stable during floods, they protect the ground from extreme heat, which can kill important microbial ecosystems, and help retain moisture during dry spells.