Heridity Livestock and Poultry breeds are important to maintain biodiversity. According to SUSTAINABLE TABLE, “Biodiversity is essential for our existence because the earth’s biological systems and processes provide us with food, materials for clothing and shelter, fuel, medicine, clean water, and clean air. Biodiversity also provides all other species with the resources required for their survival. In fact, given the interdependence of the Earth’s living organisms, ecosystems, and biological processes, without biodiversity, life on Earth would become extinct.
A species is a scientific classification used to group together plants or animals that have similar characteristics. Within the various domesticated animal species, there are many different subgroups called breeds. A breed is simply a specific variety of a particular domesticated animal species; while all breeds within the same species share common characteristics, each breed has certain unique traits.
Unfortunately, the Earth is currently experiencing a rapid loss of biodiversity. Human-induced environmental destruction has eliminated habitats, killed living organisms, reduced genetic diversity, and caused the rate of species extinction to increase dramatically. In fact, unsustainable human activity is now the greatest threat to biodiversity.”
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