New Episode of Resources Radio on Biodiversity, Food Security, and Sustainability


May 28, 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Biodiversity, Food Security, and Sustainability, with Sue Lieberman.”

Host Daniel Raimi talks with Sue Lieberman, vice president for International Policy at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Lieberman describes the current threats to biodiversity, highlighting how species extinction and habitat loss affect society. Lieberman also provides her take on a recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and discusses how governments can address biodiversity loss.

Listen here.

Notable quotes from the podcast:

  • “Three-quarters of [the terrestrial environment] has been severely altered by humans. That means we only have one-fourth left . . . In terms of species, approximately a million species are in danger of extinction.”―Sue Lieberman (9:25)
  • “A tremendous amount of habitat loss is caused by the planting of soy, and the vast majority of soy that's planted is gone to livestock feed. So you have this monoculture of soy across the globe to feed livestock, not to feed people . . . They do not go for human consumption; they go into animal feed for animal consumption. That's incredibly inefficient.”―Sue Lieberman (17:44)
  • “It's much cheaper to protect what we have than to destroy it and then wonder, ‘How do we restore that? How do we fix it?’ Because some ecosystems can't be fixed.”―Sue Lieberman (23:22)

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