A new blog on Landscapes for People, Food and Nature is launched today. Fortunately, its just in time for a new University of Leicester undergraduate module Biodiversity and Sustainability. The blog is asking "How can we manage our farms and farming landscapes not just to supply food for 9 billion people over the next few decades, but do so in ways that also secure our water needs, conserve biodiversity, manage climate change, and sustain rural livelihoods?"
The blog goes on to say "many of the most important habitats for wild biodiversity, watersheds, forest products, bio-energy, and stores of carbon were located in agricultural lands—not just those “marginal lands” but in the world’s main breadbaskets and rice bowls." which happens to be one of the points I was preparing to include in my first lecture, although one before this that I would have found hard to reference.
Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research