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DEFORESTATION IN YOUR KITCHEN

Today, did you:

Drink a cup of coffee?
Eat a hamburger?
How about tofu or rice?
Did you eat dessert?
Maybe ice cream, a cookie, or a piece of chocolate?

If so, you may have inadvertently contributed to the destruction of the rainforest.
But it isn’t just food. Did you:

Brush your teeth?
Wash your hair?
Do some laundry?

In today’s global economy it can be almost impossible to track just where your food comes from. If you see Palm Oil in your food or household products make sure there isn’t an palm-free alternative. While more brands are committing to using sustainable palm– too few have been able to meet their own goals.

Other crops frequently grown on rainforest land include:

Soy, Beef, Coffee, Cocoa, Tea, Rubber,
Bananas, Pineapples, Rice, and Beans

When you can, look at labels and try to make sure they don’t come from deforested land. But consumers can only do so much.

That is why we have to make sure there are laws on the books protecting our rainforests. In countries that have tropical rainforest we  fight for laws that ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for indigenous communities. This makes sure that corporations can’t just take over and destroy their ancestral forests. History has shown time and again that when indigenous communities are given the final say about projects on their land our rainforests thrive.

In the US and other countries we need to keep fighting to strengthen laws like the Lacey Act that protects wildlife and plants from illegal trade–making sure that illegally obtained goods from the rainforest (whether it be rosewood or scarlet macaws) can’t be sold in the United States.

the effects of agriculture

Did you know that indigenous communities of the Amazon have
cultivating plant species sustainably for thousands of years?

Over 8000 years ago indigenous people began domesticating plants like sweet potato, pineapple, rubber, hot peppers and cacao in order to feed the large rainforest communities that thrived before the European colonizers arrived.

Pristine Rainforest Land

Cash crops take over the Amazon

Effects of Agriculture

  • Deforestation for agriculture has led to the decline of indigenous communities
  • Rainforests protected by indigenous communities have the lowest rates of deforestation.
  • Cattle ranching has one of the highest rates of slave labor in Brazil.

Effects of Agriculture

  • Conventional agriculture uses: pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, which contaminate water sources & rivers and destroy the soil.
  • Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70% of water use worldwide.
  • ⅓ of all fresh water and 45% of earth’s land is dedicated to raising animals for food.
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for  Ocean Dead Zones of the coast of Brazil.

Effects of Agriculture

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the Amazon’s destruction. But today soy & palm oil are catching up.
  • Going one year without eating beef saves approximately 3432 trees.
  • Cows produce 150 billion gallons of climate-change-producing methane per day!
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 to 51 % of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the combined exhaust from all sources of transportation.

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