Created by filmmaker Jason Taylor, A Silent Spring captures the small but vital creatures that make up our ecosystems. Unfortunately, it’s these beasts that are also at risk from the widespread use of chemicals in agriculture. The unintended consequences of pesticides are being felt more than ever, with neonicotinods blamed for increasing honey bee deaths and more recently, a decline in bird populations in Europe.

Jason writes ‘As a child in England during the seventies, I clearly remember the different seasons that brought a huge variety of beautiful insects to our gardens, streets and most importantly, to our playgrounds. The Stag Beetle, Red Admiral Butterfly, daddy-long-legs and strange stick like insects that would hide in the suburban hedgerows. All these insects, along with the songbirds have now more or less disappeared in the cities and their suburbs. They are all but silent.’

With over a billion insects living on Earth, it’s important that we work with nature, rather than against it, as Jason explains: ‘There are good insects and there are bad insects in our agricultural environments but if we spent more time in working with nature rather than against it, we will be able to find ways to balance these systems without having any negative effects on our complex ecosystems. For every insect pest that exists in nature, there are eight insects that are their predator, all we need to do is develop systems that enable us to use nature to create the balance it has been sustaining our planet for millions of years.’

The value of biodiversity should not be underestimated, especially in the development of sustainable agricultural systems. Unless we safeguard biodiversity, we not only risk losing a variety of plants and animals, but we also put our future food security in jeopardy.

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Feature image by Oaktor Photography

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