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Monday, April 9 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm
SYMPOSIA-02: The Effect of Global Food Trade on Biodiversity in an Importing Country

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AUTHORS: Ciara Hovis*, Jianguo (Jack) Liu – Michigan State University

ABSTRACT: Global food trade drives land use/cover change, which has consequences for species that utilize agroecosystems. The majority of studies on land use changes driven by global food trade focus on countries that produce and export food because of the dramatic change from natural to agricultural landscapes. However, little attention has been paid to the effects of global trade on biodiversity in importing countries, which undergo more subtle land cover/use changes in the form of crop switching and abandonment as imports have substantial effects on domestic crop prices, and thereby land use decision-making. Here, we investigated bird diversity across Heilongjiang Province in China, the world’s largest soybean importer (39% of the world’s total soy imports in 2013 went to China). In 2017, we surveyed bird diversity across agricultural and natural landscapes to analyze how landscape change impacts the region’s bird diversity. Thirty-six bird species were identified in this survey. Preliminary results show that soybean imports have increased landscape diversity (both compositional and configurational), which in turn supports higher bird species diversity. The results of this research can be used to inform landscape planning in agricultural areas, and also predict how farmer decision making will ultimately impact biodiversity in a telecoupled world.

Monday April 9, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
LaSalle 5 (7th Floor)

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