FAO: Revived But For How Long?
Over the past 100 years, agro-biodiversity has steadily disappeared with the adoption of modern agricultural practices and the globalization of the food system and marketing.
Something has gone seriously wrong with agriculture worldwide.
Every year local land varieties and landraces are lost, livestock breeds are at risk of extinction and, on average, six livestock breeds are lost each month. As of now, some 75 percent of the world food comes from only 12 plants (mostly rice, maize and wheat) and five animal species. More than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields. In fisheries, all the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits.
Who says so?
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