Agriculture, Food & Nutrition, Americas, Planet

Biodiversity loss threatens agriculture industry: UN

Responsible Business | Mar 05, 2019

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN has warned that the biodiversity that supports the global food system is under extreme pressure, with potentially dire consequences for societies. In a new report, the FAO found that the food system has become dangerously concentrated, with only a handful of major plants and livestock producing the vast majority of food crops. Many wild food species are at now at risk of extinction. Nearly a third of fish stocks are overfished, the FAO found, while more than half have reached their sustainable limit.

“Less biodiversity means that plants and animals are more vulnerable to pests and diseases,” said José Graziano da Silva, the FAO’s director-general. “Compounded by our reliance on fewer and fewer species to feed ourselves, the increasing loss of biodiversity for food and agriculture puts food security and nutrition at risk.”

Source: FAO // Infographic by jamaicadiscipline.com

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