27 Feb '12, 7am

Great article on Why food manufacturers should take biodiversity seriously | Green Futures Magazine

Great article on Why food manufacturers should take biodiversity seriously | Green Futures Magazine

Without vibrant ecosystems, our food system will become less diverse and less resilient, says Andrew Kuyk . Why should the number of other species on the planet be an issue for food manufacturers? After all, the fossil record tells us that there have been five previous waves of mass extinction, including the dinosaurs – and if it wasn’t for these wipe-outs, we might never have evolved! So why worry now, if a few birds and insects are going the same way…? Because the habitats and resources around us are ultimately as vital to our survival as they are to that of many other species currently under threat. And because that threat is largely the result of our own actions. To some extent, we can use technology to insulate ourselves – and other life-forms – from the more immediate consequences of our behaviour. We can pollinate plants without the aid of insects, remove carbon dio...

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