World Rainforest Day: Go Plant-Based to Save Our Rainforests
Lead Image Source : Guduru Ajay Bhargav on Pexels. Animal agriculture is fueling rainforest destruction.
It’s tough, in the midst of a global pandemic, to find a cause for celebration this World Rainforest Day. And the smoke still lingers from the Amazonian fires that lit up the headlines nearly a year ago. From their ashes have crystallized the realization: There is no just or sustainable return to life as it was before. Our daily norms can wreak havoc just out of sight.
For example, in tropical rainforests, home to half of all land-based plant and animal species, animal agriculture takes a unique toll. According to Yale, clearing lands for raising cattle accounts for 80 percent of the deforestation of the Amazon—and is the greatest contributor to dwindling forests in every single Amazon country. The Amazon’s deforestation crisis has been profoundly exacerbated by our growing appetite for meat, as the amount of land needed to raise cows is 10 times that of grain.