Drivers of Habitat Loss and Species Collapse Come from Limited Range of Variety in Agriculture

At a recent conference in Paris the World Wildlife Fund and Knorr foods launched their combined campaign and report, “Future 50 Foods: 50 Foods for Healthier People and a Healthier Planet.” According to the report, 75% of the food consumed by people comes from only 12 plant and 5 animal sources. In this there only 3 crops, wheat, corn and rice, that make up nearly 60% of plant-based calories in most diets. The lack of variety in agriculture is both bad for nature and a threat to food security, the report says. As the climate changes, diverse crops are needed that can adapt to extreme weather conditions.

By Eleanor Beardsley, NPR News, March 24, 2018

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