30 Jul '15, 10am

#Post2015 Note - #Environment for Food & Nutrition Security: #Action2015

#Post2015 Note - #Environment for Food & Nutrition Security: #Action2015

Technological advancements in the past century have significantly increased world food production, primarily through increased irrigation, fertilizer use and cropland expansion. But unfortunately such gains have also resulted in environmental degradation. By 2008, 24% of the global land area was estimated to have been degraded, and 40% of the world’s agricultural land is undergoing serious degradation and loss of biodiversity. Pollinator services although estimated to provide a value of 353.6 billion USD to agriculture annually, are severely threatened due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Pesticide toxicity has contributed to poisoning up to five million agricultural workers per year, and there is emerging evidence linking it to child stunting. Similarly, oceans, which are crucial for food security through fishing and marine aquaculture, are threatened as a result of ove...

Full article: http://unep.org/post2015/Publications/UNEPPost-2015Note7/...

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