Articles by M Soubadra Devy

M Soubadra Devy is Senior Fellow at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

Bengaluru has been growing rapidly and eating into its rural peripheries. Between 2001 and 2011, the city's population grew by 42%, with an alarming increase in built-up area. Such drastic changes in land use, along with the intensive use of pesticides in agriculture, have destroyed much of the original habitats of many plants and animals.  A majority of the foods we eat depend on animal pollinators such as bees, flies, butterflies and birds. These pollinators can enhance yield and improve the quality of produce by the cross-transfer of pollen. Foods that are dependent on pollinators include fruits, vegetables, nuts and…

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