Environmental impacts of food production worldwide

The environmental impacts of food production are felt all around the world. However, a continuously growing population understandably calls for an increase in food production. Agriculture is the single biggest cause of deforestation globally, accounting for approximately 80 percent. Drivers linked to food production are also responsible for 70 percent of the planet's terrestrial biodiversity loss.

Changes in land and sea use are the main regional threats to populations in all regions. Whilst unsustainable agriculture is a leading cause of this destruction, other common changes in land and sea use are logging, transportation, development, energy production and mining, and abstraction of water.

Distribution of the environmental impacts of food production worldwide

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Sources

Release date

September 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2020

Supplementary notes

Sources: Adapted from CBD (2014) 98, GSDR (2019) 99 and ELD Initiative (2015) 103.

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