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Are We Entering a Mass Extinction Event?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • An analysis of biodiversity and animal population paints a bleak picture of biological extinction
  • Mass extinction robs humans of crucial ecosystems used to pollinate plants, control pests and purify water; technology and the globalization of farming practices have led to increased production of cheap food
  • Bankruptcies on small farms are up 12% in the Midwest and 50% in the Northwest. Farm debt is at an all-time high with more than half reporting losses every year since 2013
  • Financial instability and bankruptcy, fed by trade wars with China, may also be responsible for the rising number of suicides among farmers
  • The loss of small farms also affects the surrounding communities that rely on the farmers’ businesses. You may impact your local area by purchasing produce, meat and dairy from regenerative, organic farmers

Like the human body, the environment involves multiple systems and complex interrelationships among them. It is next to impossible to trigger an effect on one system without it affecting several others. From the smallest living organisms in the soil and water to the largest mammals in the sea, a ripple effect is often felt through the food chain with any type of change.

The world population doubled from 3.03 billion in 1960 to 6.06 billion in 1999. During the same period urban population grew from 1.02 billion to 2.14 billion; some believe the number living in rural areas is affected by large corporations taking over small farms.

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