In an article in the journal Biologic Conservation this month, authors say we are pushing ecosystems beyond recovery, causing insect extinctions.
The causes are
1. Habitat loss
2. Pollution – including synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. All are biocides.
4. Climate change
With each extinction we loose biomass, unique interactions, and irreplaceable services to humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem.
They say action is urgent! The Great Healthy Yard Project is a way to make life better for insects as well as people. Healthy bugs flourish without synthetic chemicals and with native plants to support them. So do we!