Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beef Factoids: Cattle and Rainforests

According to the Nature Conservancy:

In the past 50 years, nearly 15% of Brazil's Amazon forest has been cleared.

Nearly 70% of deforested land in the Amazon is now cattle pasture.

Although ranching is still the biggest threat to Brazil's rainforests, over the last decade large-scale soybean farms have doubled in size, to more than 81,000 square miles.

The vast majority of soy grown in Brazil is exported for cattle and chicken feed.

80% of the world soybean crop is used for animal feed. Only 6% is harvested for direct human consumption in products such as soy milk or tofu.

Comment: Much as it pains us to say it, if you want to reduce your environmental impact, it is crucial that you reduce your consumption of beef.

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