Did you know that of the millions of plant species, only nine account for two-thirds of all food production? This agricultural monoculture has crowded out biodiversity (biodiversity refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth - plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms - as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live).
Topsoil is required for 95% of all food consumed and contains a quarter of the world’s biodiversity, yet one third has been degraded. One third of forests have disappeared and during this August alone, there were circa 30,000 fires in the amazon and land equivalent to eight times the size of London has burned.
The State of the World’s Plants report highlighted that 40% of all plants are at risk of extinction. Species are being lost before they can even be named, and it’s not just food – more than 700 plants used for medicine are at risk of extinction. Westernisation of food trends has reduced choice and resulted in micronutrient deficiencies in 30% of the world’s population.