Plants, animals and micro-organisms crucial to indirectly upholding the human diet are dying out, study shows.

The world’s food supplies are increasingly under threat from the ongoing destruction of the planet’s biodiversity, a new report has warned.

Plants, animals and micro-organisms which are crucial to supporting and upholding the human diet are not being protected, the study by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation found.

It said global shortages would become increasingly likely if steps were not now taken to maintain such natural ecosystems.

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