ROME - The UN food agency on Friday (Feb 22) warned about the threat to the future of the world's food production from a lack of biodiversity in the environment.
In a report, the first of its kind by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), it said there was "mounting evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems, at all levels, is declining around the world". That is putting food production and the environment "under severe threat", the FAO warned.
"Once lost, plant, animal and micro-organisms species that are critical to our food systems, cannot be recovered."
Biodiversity enables agriculture systems to be more resilient to shocks such as disease and pest outbreaks, as well as coping with climate change.