Global food industry on course to drive rapid habitat loss

Global food industry on course to drive rapid habitat loss

The global food system is on course to drive rapid and widespread ecological damage with almost 90% of land animals likely to lose some of their habitat by 2050, research has found. The study, conducted by scientists from Oxford and Leeds universities, shows that without rapid transformation of the food industry; changing what people eat and how it is produced, the world faces widespread biodiversity loss in the coming decades. Impacts are likely to be particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of Central and South America. From eating less meat to reductions in food loss and waste, increasing crop yields to international land-use planning, all of these are needed to minimise biodiversity losses. Providing healthy diets for future populations without major habitat losses is possible but needs global coordination and rapid action.

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