The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study. If these critical species are lost, the report says, it “places the future of our food system under severe threat”.
The study says that land use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss. While species friendly policies are increasing, they are not growing quickly enough, the scientists say.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who’ve put the report together using data gathered in 91 countries, say it is the first such study of its kind.