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Biodiversity And Agriculture

Flourishing biodiversity is the backbone of agriculture, sustaining the ecosystem functions that underpin soil health and plant pollination for example, and helping to ensure farmers can grow the food needed for growing populations around the world. Our engagement for biodiversity management is integral to our sustainability strategy. 

Farmers are the stewards of their land and as such, know how to best preserve the delicate balance between conserving natural resources and growing the food we all need. Good agricultural practice and technological innovation allow farmers to grow more food on less land, reducing the pressure to convert more land into farmland and even turn crop land into thriving habitats for biodiversity like field margins. This helps to preserve natural habitats and their wildlife. We innovate for and partner with farmers to maintain a balanced agricultural system that actively enhances biodiversity while at the same time producing high-quality food and crops more efficiently.

Our crop protection products undergo many years of extensive risk assessment to ensure that there are no unacceptable effects on plants and animals if used according to instructions. Regulatory authorities carefully evaluate these studies and risk assessments before they allow a product to be marketed. We constantly developing innovative products, concepts and partnerships for sustainable farming to improve biodiversity. In addition to regulatory requirements, we also develop farther-reaching, product-specific stewardship measures, focusing on protecting both the user and the environment.

We believe that sustainability must be measured in order to be improved. Therefore we have developed the assessment tool AgBalance® to support farmers in reviewing the sustainability contribution of their current farming operation. This includes assessing the impact of farming practices on farm biodiversity.

Every region and locale has specific focus areas regarding biodiversity and agriculture. We are leading several regional initiatives tailored to these specific local challenges, with the goal of both achieving immediate impact and developing Best Management Practices.

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UN Recognition For BASF Biodiversity Project

A BASF-initiated project in support of biodiversity in agriculturally used land was crowned as exemplary by the United Nations (UN).

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Mata Viva®


A collaboration united in the desire to protect water quality, conserve soil and create areas to preserve native vegetation and wildlife in the forest along the Paraiba do Sul River (Brazil).

On the English farm "The Grange”, modern agriculture and the protection of biodiversity go together. The farm is supported by the European Farm Network, a BASF partnership with experts for agriculture and nature protection. Farmers, experts for agriculture and for nature conservation join their knowhow and create measures for sustainable and productive farming.

One of the measures is the planting of flower strips in unprofitable field areas. Apart from the high yielding fields for cereal production, new habitats for wildlife are created.

Andrew Pitts, UK farmer (left), and Graham Hartwell, Environmental Stewardship, BASF (right), examine the development of the flowering strips.

Farm Network


Working together to create solutions for sustainable agriculture.  Independent farms serve as outdoor classrooms where emphasis is placed on biodiversity and soil health.

A monarch butterfly takes shelter in a habitat created by the Living Acres initiative. Monarchs need milkweed and other nectar plants to complete their lifecycle. By creating more milkweed habitat across the United States, CHS and BASF are helping to boost the monarch butterfly population.

Living Acres #MonarchChallenge

Through the Living Acres #MonarchChallenge, we are doing our part to help restore the monarch butterfly population in the United States.
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Stories From The Field

Farmers tell their stories, for example about improving soil health on a South African farm.
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Environmental Research

at BASF Agricultural Solutions