Organic farmers are required to use Integrated Pest Management practices, protect wildlife, promote biodiversity, and work to improve and maintain native ecosystems. Increasing organic production also helps mitigate the unwanted spread of GMO crops and contamination. Organic farmers are extremely dedicated to the excellent quality of their soil. Research demonstrates that soil under organic production can remove about 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year through sequestration. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals.