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Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: February 3
Year of Publication: 2021
Publication City: London, UK
Publisher: Guardian News & Media Limited
Author(s): Damian Carrington
Vicious circle of cheap but damaging food is biggest destroyer of nature, says UN-backed report.
The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report.
Agriculture is the main threat to 86% of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction, the report by the Chatham House thinktank said. Without change, the loss of biodiversity will continue to accelerate and threaten the world’s ability to sustain humanity, it said.
The root cause is a vicious circle of cheap food, the report said, where low costs drive bigger demand for food and more waste, with more competition then driving costs even lower through more clearing of natural land and use of polluting fertilisers and pesticides.
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