14 Sep '11, 11am

Biodiversity’s role in food security is about much more than simply being the basic ingredient of a food security plan:

Munang and colleagues focus on the need for an ecosystem-based approach to achieving food security but highlight several challenges including proper valuation of the ecosystem services involved in food production, and protection and sustainable management of those services. They suggest priority actions that are needed such as strengthened governance of food resources, improved valuation of ecosystem services in global markets and better information about the role that biodiversity plays in food security. It is clear that biodiversity is fundamental to any food security strategy, both as the basic raw material but also as provider of indirect services associated with food. In terms of managing biodiversity’s role in food security, it is clear that consumer behaviour will be a key issue. In light of the growing demand for meat versus plant-based food items, and the associat...

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