Fires twice the size of the UK destroyed for soy and palm oil production
An area of forest twice the size of the UK will have been destroyed within a decade for products such as palm oil and soy, experts have said.
Vast swathes of trees are being cleared as people worldwide are consuming more meat and products containing palm oil.
Environmentalists have called on big businesses to do much more, saying the world is risking an ecological catastrophe.
Anna Jones, global campaign lead for forests at Greenpeace UK, said: These companies are destroying our childrens future by driving us towards climate and ecological collapse.
In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum – which includes major global brands – committed to net-zero deforestation by 2020.
They aimed to achieve this through sustainable sourcing of key commodities including soy, palm oil, paper and pulp, and cattle.
But a report from Greenpeace suggests that at least 50 million hectares (124 million acres) of forests across the world will have been lost in the decade to 2020 as a result of growing production and consumption of agricultural commodities.
The report said that since 2010, the area planted with soy in Brazil has increased by 45% and Indonesian palm oil production is up 75%.
It warns global meat consumption is set to rise by 76% by 2050, while soy production is forecast to increase by nearly 45% and palm oil by 60%.
Meat and dairy production is a big driver of forest destruction as trees are cleared for grazing land and to grow crops such as soy, which are used in industrial feed.
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