Forests follow nature's rhythm. Trees and plants team up with incredible diversity of lifeforms that work in a magical balance to create and nurture life.
Nearly all forests contain trees, shrubs, ground cover plant species, insects, birds, mammals, fungi and microbial decomposers. Each category of organism performs an indispensable function in the forest.
In a nutshell, each category has a role to play in the ecosystem and sustain each other with vital resources and nutrients. If we compromise on even one category, the whole ecosystem can go out of balance.
Let's have a close look at each of these important lifeforms and how they support the forest:
Birds make natural pests control
Trees and plants depend on birds from getting eaten by insects and bugs who make their way up from bark to branches like grasshoppers, caterpillars and leafhoppers. Some birds can eat up to 1000 bugs a day making them the natural pests.
Bees help to pollinate
Insects like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds play a vital role in pollination and therefore, our entire food supply. Some of the insects are natural enemies to farm pests, thereby supporting a healthy yield.
Animals also have a mutually beneficial give and take relationship with forests. Some animals like elephants help support massive, dense trees to grow and thrive by eating up small thin trees that are taking their resources and nutrients. These dense trees store massive amounts of carbon and provide other ecosystem services with less competition for resources from other plants.
Decomposers small but big contributors
In a forest ecosystem, the role of the decomposers often go unnoticed. Most of them, such as bacteria and fungi, are microscopic. Others like bark beetles, fly maggots, and earthworms may be found within a decomposing animal, underground, or within logs. Yet decomposers perform one of the most important roles in the ecosystem, that of releasing nutrients locked up in plant and animal matter and cycling it back into the ecosystem.
At Forest Raga, we follow this harmonious relationship. Our herbs co-exist with our family of trees, insects, birds and other species without any pesticides and any harm to the ecology. We learn and adapt ourselves to the rhythm of nature to ensure that all our herbs are 100% natural, potent and healthy for you. You can learn further on our process here.