Preserving diversity in domesticated species

Protecting domestic biodiversity
A 1995 World Watch List for Domestic Animal Diversity was released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) containing the results of a survey of 3,882 breeds of 28 species of mostly farm animals. Of the 3,882 breeds, 873 were classified as "at risk," meaning fewer than 1,000 females or 20 breeding males exist. The trend was documented in Europe, where 43 percent of domestic animal breeds were found to be at risk. In North America, the report said "the continued drive towards intensification and specialisation has resulted in the increased reliance on a smaller number of breeds to meet the demand for food."
Experts worry most that farmers will have a shrinking pool of breeds to draw on to keep up with changing soil conditions, pests and new diseases.
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land