Wild Farm Alliance
Long Branch is an original founder of the Wild Farm Alliance and has
endorsed the WFA Platform, and we urge other ecologically aware
citizens and groups to please consider helping us spread the word.
Long Branch is also featured in "Farming with the Wild:
Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches," a book that identifies
models and resources to help farmers incorporate conservation practices
in their farms and watersheds.
The Wild Farm Alliance was established by a national
group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who
share a concern for the land and its wild and human inhabitants.
Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture
that helps protect and restore wild Nature.
To make our food systems sustainable in the 21st
century, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically
managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes
that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological
Agriculture & the Biodiversity Crisis: Reconnecting our Food
Systems and Ecosystems
- the current rate of species extinction signifies an
unprecedented biodiversity crisis.
- industrial agriculture is a primary cause of species
losses and a devastating threat to sustainable family-scale farms and
- protected and interconnected wildlands are essential
to assuring biological diversity and sustaining healthy rural
- agriculture must be conducted in ways that are
compatible with preservation of native plants and animals.
- sustainable family farms and ranches nourish healthy
human communities and help safeguard natural communities.
- the current biodiversity crisis calls for a new
conservation ethic that promotes ecological recovery within
agricultural lands and across the entire landscape.
- healthy ecosystems provide us with many life-giving
services, including pollination, insect pest control, nutrient cycling,
clean water, and erosion control.
- the need of farmers to succeed economically while
- the right of farmers and indigenous peoples to
maintain control over sustainable food production.
- the right of consumers to know how and where their
food is grown, and the responsibility of consumers to support
ecologically sound agriculture.
- farming practices that accommodate wild habitat and
native species, including large carnivores and wild fish.
- local and regional food and fiber systems that boost
- agricultural practices that strive to eliminate the
use of environmentally toxic chemicals and contamination of soil and
- locally adapted crops and animals that are not
- existing community-based efforts to create a
continental wildlands network in which large protected areas are
connected by wildlife movement corridors and are complemented by
ecologically managed farms and forests.
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