An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection

October 4, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Searle Whitney for this article.  As Searle said in his email to me,  Gretchen Daly is in the Biology Department at Stanford and has written many great articles on integrating our economic system with the planet’s biological systems.  This article focuses on protecting the environment by quantifying the economic benefits we derive from it. A critical way to reach economists, politicians and business people who need to see practical consequences of their actions. See An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection

An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection

N.Y. Times – August 8, 2011 – By John Moir

COTO BRUS, Costa Rica -Dawn is breaking over this remote upland region, where neat rows of coffee plants cover many of the hillsides. The rising tropical sun saturates the landscape with color, revealing islandlike remnants of native forest scattered among the coffee plantations.

But across this bucolic countryside, trouble is brewing. An invasive African insect known as the coffee berry borer is threatening the area’s crops. Local farmers call the pest “la broca”:the borer.

Despite the early hour, Gretchen Daily, a Stanford University biology professor, is already at work studying this complex ecosystem. Amid a cacophony of birdsong, Dr. Daily and her team are conducting experiments that demonstrate the vital connection between wildlife and native vegetation. Preliminary data from new studies suggest that consumption of insects like la broca by forest-dwelling birds and bats contribute significantly to coffee yields.

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