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Biodiversity Conservation and Food Security

By Tony Gregson

Agricultural biodiversity is often seen simply as a source of interesting traits to improve crops and livestock. However, it can deliver far more than that if given the opportunities.

The United Nations has declared that 2010 will be the International Year of Biodiversity. The UN has three overarching goals for the year:

  • to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity for our well-being;
  • to halt the loss of biodiversity, which is currently up to 100 times greater than the natural rate of extinction; and
  • to celebrate success stories.