Agrobiodiversity and Climate Change - A complex relationship

Planet Earth is rich. It has many millions of species, plants, animals and micro-organisms. But biological diversity is being eroded, and species are becoming extinct at an alarming rates. The loss of biological diversity jeopardises the whole of mankind. this is especially true of the decline in agrobiodiversity, which is the resource base for our food.

Climate Change - a threat to food security

The implications of climate change for agriculture have opened a new window in the discussion of agrobiodiversity. Environmental change is on of many factors reducing the diversity of crops and livestock. Five climate change-related facctors can be identified: the rise in temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, the rise of sea levels, higher incidence of extreme weather events and the increase of greenhouse gases - especially carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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