Preserving Biodiversity

Food Issues

Agriculture began over 12,000 years ago. Humans eat from some 7000 plant species and several thousand animal species. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, “Biodiversity contributes directly to food security, nutrition and well-being by providing a variety of plant and animal foods from domesticated and wild sources.” For more information on Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition visit The Convention on Biological Diversity at

With growing populations food producers have relied upon different ways to produce mass amounts of food to supply the growing need for more food. Those tactics have become harmful to biodiversity sustainability. Producers have found ways to prevent the food from spoiling by highly processing foods, which takes the nutritional value out of the food. Industrial farms the government calls CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) are causing air pollution, mistreatment of animals, and low levels of antibiotics within our meat.

For more information on sustainable food issues visit The Sustainable Table website at