Is our food system destroying itself?

26 Feb 2019

Biodiversity is indispensible to food security - yet around the world it is in decline, says FAO.

"Biodiversity supplies many vital ecosystem services, such as creating and maintaining healthy soils, pollinating plants, controlling pests and providing habitat for wildlife, including fish and other species that are vital to food production and agricultural livelihoods," FAO says in the first-ever report on biodiversity and the global food system.

"Many key components of biodiversity for food and agriculture at genetic, species and ecosystem levels are in decline. The proportion of livestock breeds at risk of extinction is increasing. Overall, the diversity of crops present in farmers’ fields has declined and threats to crop diversity are increasing."

The full report is here:


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