Published on May 21st, 2011 | by Becky Striepe0
Soy Farming Threatens Biodiversity in the Amazon
The Cerrado in Brazil is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and habitat destruction to grow soy for humans and for animal feed is threatening this fragile habitat.
…80% of soy crop is fed to livestock, and to chickens especially.
In the last 40 years, the Cerrado has been cut in half by commercial soy farming. The total area of destruction is greater than the UK, Germany, Italy and Portugal combined.
This video from the World Wildlife Fund illustrates the damage that commercial soy farming is causing in The Cerrado:
Cutting back on the meat and soy in your diet is definitely a good place to start. You can also look for soy sourced outside of Brazil to ensure that your block of tofu or bowl of edamame didn’t contribute to the destruction in The Cerrado.
Want to go a step further? Tell grocers that this issue matters to you! Sign the WWF UK petition to save The Cerrado from commercial soy farming.
Image Credit: Screenshot from video above.