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Harnessing biodiversity: from diets to landscapes


There is an increasing sense that we are at a global crossroads, at the peak of human potential while on the edge of global disaster. Several authors highlight critical planetary thresholds that have been largely surpassed (Rockstrom et al., 2009), particularly the loss of biodiversity, the failure to meet the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity targets (Butchart et al., 2010), and the increasing scepticism that we will attain many of the Millennium Development Goals. Amongst these goals, halving the number of people who regularly go hungry is prominent. Novel solutions are urgently required to confront these issues.