Farm breeds die out

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

Breeds of farm animal are dying out and many plants disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening long-term food security and depriving the world of their ability to resist disease and harsh climates says Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Two breeds of farm animals disappear each week, and 1,350 breeds face extinction. Over the past 15 years, 300 out of 6,000 breeds of farm animal identified by the FAO have become extinct. Thirty per cent of the world's farm animal breeds are threatened and their valuable traits, such as their ability to adapt to harsh conditions, disease, drought and poor quality feed, could be lost too.

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