Corporate Interests Threaten Biodiversity
By Lynn Palmer, Board member of Environment North
Originally published in the Chronicle Journal on Tuesday July 8, 2008.
Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Over the past few decades, we have lost so many species so quickly that international concern over the protection of biodiversityï¿½the great variety of plants and animals living on earthï¿½has become extraordinarily high. Loss of biodiversity affects us all as it means diminished access to food, forest products, medicine, quality soil and clean drinking water. The fact that we don't fully understand the natural systems we rely on is all the more reason to take great care in maintaining these systems that have evolved over the past four billion years.