Agricultural intensification heightens food safety risks posed by wild birds

Olivia Smith, Amanda Edworthy, Joseph Taylor, Matthew Jones, Aaron Tormanen, Christina M. Kennedy, Zhen Fu, Christopher Latimer, Kevin Cornell, Lucas Michelotti, Chika Sato, Tobin Northfield, William Snyder & Jeb Owen
1. Agricultural intensification and simplification are key drivers of recent declines in wild bird populations, heightening the need to better balance conservation with food production. This is hindered, however, by perceptions that birds threaten food safety. While birds are known reservoirs of foodborne pathogens, there remains uncertainty about the links between landscape context, farming practices, and actual crop contamination by birds. 2. Here, we examine relationships between landscape context, farming practices, and pathogen contamination by...
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