Business and Biodiversity


Biodiversity and the food sector

An initial review of the extent to which biodiversity is protected through food standards in Europe

Whilst European food standards are well established in ensuring quality and health, it is only recently, probably since the debate on biotechnology and genetically modified foods, that biodiversity in food production has received a higher profile. This report is part of an ECNC project that investigated if and how biodiversity receives protection via food standards. It aims to provide an initial review for exploring the concept of biodiversity and food standards in order to assess possibilities for further development in this field. The ultimate aim is to increase the understanding of stakeholders in the food sector of their action on nature and biodiversity by contributing to the integration of nature and biological diversity into food sector policies and programmes.


This report was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands.