Food security is an environmental issue (RYOT)


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Combating hunger by caring for the Earth: Why food security is an environmental issue

By Annelise BattlesPlant With Purpose

Today, one in eight people[1] around the world will go to bed hungry. Though we often picture urban slums when discussing poverty, the majority of these one in eight individuals live in rural areas, where they depend on the Earth daily to produce their food and create a source of income.

Yet due to environmental degradation worldwide — including deforestation, pollution, and poor management — natural systems are altered. This reduces the land’s productivity, and rural farmers are left without enough food for their families. Deforestation is one of the clearest examples of this cause-and-effect sequence. As agricultural productivity decreases, farmers desperate to feed their families turn to cutting down trees to sell for cash, or to clear land for farming. Yet any attempt…

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Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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