UN member states have pledged to give all people access to safe, nutritious and adequate food by 2030. Until then, all forms of malnutrition shall be ended (1). This ambitious objective also includes a reform of agricultural production. Farming shall be adapted to contribute to the preservation of ecosystems and soil quality, to withstand climate change while yielding sufficient returns. The genetic diversity of seeds, crops, farm animals, domestic animals and wild animals should be preserved.
A milestone are the “Recommendations to improve biodiversity protection in policy and criteria of food standards and sourcing requirements of food companies and retailers “, now published by the Global Nature Fund (2). These contain recommendations for action and guidelines for companies and organizations in order to reduce the negative impact of agriculture on ecosystems, biodiversity and agro-biodiversity.
(1) United Nations. General Assembly. UN Resolution A/70/L.1 vom 25th September 2015: ransforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Available via http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/generalassembly/docs/globalcompact/A_RES_70_1_E.pdf
(2) Global Nature Fund et. al. Recommendations to improve biodiversity protection in policy and criteria of food standards and sourcing requirements of food companies and retailers. December 2017, avaliable via http://www.business-biodiversity.eu/en/recommendations-biodiversity-in-standards