The diversity of agricultural plants and productive livestock has resulted from centuries of regionally adapted breeding. It reflects the very different agricultural production methods and lifestyles.
Agrobiodiversity has dramatically decreased since the industrialisation of agriculture. In other words, the diversity of races and breeds and their genetic variety continues to diminish. 100,000 descendants per sire is not unusual for “Holstein Friesen cattle.”
According to the United Nations, two farm animal races die out every day. At the same time, a small number of races is achieving ever increasing production numbers.