Biodiversity and Human Health
The role of biodiversity on human health can not be stressed enough. Essentially all food and most human medicines are derived from biological organisms. However, we are helping to eliminate thousands of species each year in what is the Anthropocene, as well as, Holocene extinction, with the moniker of the sixth great extinction. We are losing crop genetic diversity that helps keep our food systems healthy, and we may be, or likely are losing new medicines and biologically-based technological innovations through the loss of species.
Some of the major causes to the loss of biodiversity are: genetically modified organisms (GMO's), deforestation, conventional farming, neoliberalism, unfettered consumption, and major flaws in our current economic paradigm.
(CC Image of Metrosideros polymorpha courtesy of David Eickhoff on Flickr)