The State of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

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The first global assessment from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Commission on Genetic Resources, drawing on information from 91 country reports prepared by some 1,300 contributors, and inputs from 175 authors and reviewers.  Discusses genetic resources (animals, forests, aquatic), ecosystem services, insect pollination, soil formation, and resilience.  Biodiversity is essential to food and agriculture, but many key components are in decline, due to multiple interacting drivers of change.  Much of the planet’s biodiversity is being eroded, ”often at an alarming rate.”  Use of many biodiversity-friendly practices is increasing, but “sustainable intensification” is needed to ensure food security and nutrition.