The impact of livestock grazing on biodiversity

September 3, 2020

Sometimes, it is common practices that are overlooked that have a negative impact on biodiversity. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Alberta found that certain widespread farming practices detract from biodiversity. Specifically, that live-stock grazing is doing significant harm to biodiversity internationally.

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Collaborating between labs, professors Jens Roland and James Cahill performed a comparative study between those areas grazed by livestock and those not. Ultimately, the teams found that areas grazed by livestock saw a decline in herbivore and inspect species that relied on plant life. Deriving data from more than 100 sets, the study is one of the most thorough yet on the impacts of live-stock grazing on the global environment.

To read the findings published in Ecology Letters, please check the link below:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ele.13527