World Food Day: A Time to Embrace the Farming We Want

October 15, 2013

In light of World Food Day this week, Cristián Samper, President and CEO of WCS, and Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, consider two crucial challenges facing humankind: biodiversity conservation and food security.

As we recognize World Food Day this week, it is a good time to consider two crucial challenges to humankind: safeguarding global food security in the face of climate change and population growth, and conserving biodiversity –the variety of life forms, and their ecosystems, that sustain life on our planet.

Feeding the world is widely seen as the more serious problem, but many scientists believe the greater peril lies in wholesale loss of biodiversity. The eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson has argued that it could take millions of years to make up for the loss of genetic and species diversity caused by heedless habitat destruction.

So far food security and the conservation of biodiversity have largely been considered separately. In fact, they are intimately connected and hold out the possibility of producing powerful synergies that could boost food production and enhance biodiversity conservation. That is why farmers should care about conservation and conservationists should care about agriculture.

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