UN study: One domestic breed goes extinct every month


According to new study from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 20 percent of domestic farm animal species are at risk of extinction due to globalization. The study points at 190 species which have been lost over the last 15 years, and identifies 1,500 more "at risk of extinction."

Some 60 breeds of cattle, goats, pigs, horses and poultry have been lost over the last five years, according to the draft presented to over 150 delegates from more than 90 countries meeting at FAO’s Rome headquarters this week.

The report warns that maintaining genetic diversity is crucial to maintain global food supplies.

Link: Globalization threatens farm animal gene pool and future food security, UN warns.

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