Cultivating Diversity: Agrobiodiversity and Food Security
Lori Ann ThruppISBN: 1569732558;
Biodiversity is a fundamental basis for agricultural production and food security, as well as a valuable ingredient of environmental conservation. This report reveals the urgent need for action to incorporate biodiversity planning into agricultural development, and it highlights effective practices and policies. It evaluates a range of impacts from unsustainable agriculture, including the loss of genetic diversity in crops and livestock, the decline in resistance to pests and diseases, the loss of agroecosystem diversity, the disruption of insect diversity from misuse of pesticides, the loss of soil biodiversity, and the nutritional implications of the loss of diversity in foods. Drawing on the experience of developing countries, the report identifies best practices to incorporate farmer's knowledge and protect agrobiodiversity on large-scale farms.
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