11 Oct '11, 3pm

Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture

Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture

In the United States bats consume so many insect pests they prevent billions of dollars worth of damage to agriculture. These pests damage or eat our crops, and bats provide free, natural pest control year after year, as they have for a very long time and will continue to do so. One estimate said bats provide from $3.7 billion to $53 billion dollars a year in pest management services to American agriculture. “We hope that our analysis gets people thinking more about the value of bats and why their conservation is important. The bottom line is that the natural pest-control services provided by bats save farmers a lot of money,” said Gary McCracken, a co-author of the analysis. (Source: USGS.gov ) If there were an attempt to duplicate the natural pest management they provide for free with human-made pesticides, surely that would result in even greater pollution of agricultur...

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