One Planet Businesses for Biodiversity adopts regenerative agriculture measures to conserve soil biodiversity

One Planet Businesses for Biodiversity (OPB2) is a coalition of twenty of the world's leading agri-food companies. OPB2 is committed to intensifying its alternative agricultural practices in order to protect biodiversity for the benefit of the planet and people. Emmanuel Faber, the Chairman and CEO of Danone, attended the United Nations Climate Action Summit to launch One Planet Businesses for Biodiversity, a World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

In recent times, agriculture and science have evolved simultaneously to meet the needs of a growing world population. Currently, the agricultural system is having a negative impact on its biodiversity, leading to ecosystem degradation. According to Faber, "The agricultural system we have built over the last century is a dead end for the future!" Therefore, measures need to be taken to restore this situation, based on human activities and practices, with farmers playing a key role in managing agricultural biodiversity.

Thus, OP2B is based on three major pillars that enable the development of innovative solutions aimed at protecting and enhancing biodiversity in agricultural systems: expand practices in regenerative agriculture, in order to correct soil health and create a future for farmers; developing product portfolios that allow for a variety of crops, with the aim of increasing the biodiversity and resilience of agricultural food models; change the way deforestation is approached, eliminating it, allowing better management, restoration and protection of biodiversity in natural wildlife ecosystems.

Likewise, the Food4Sustainability CoLAB also works on this basis of conserving and restoring biodiversity, responding to climate level problems by combining with sustainable agriculture, techniques that allow for CO2 mitigation, zero use of chemicals, maximum land use, among others. In addition, it also intends to educate for a rediscovery of human interaction with and dependence on nature.

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