Deforestation disaster

| Post published on July 29, 2019
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‘Slash and burn’ agriculture is destroying tropical rainforests

Rainforests are being destroyed to make way for livestock grazing and growing animal feed. Over the past decade, previous governments have managed to reduce deforestation in many areas. However, satellite images show that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased rapidly since Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change sceptic, became president of Brazil in January 2019. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), says deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. Brazil contains 60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest – is that burger really worth it?

INPE. 2019. Area detection variation of DETER project with monthly granularity and PRODES Annual Seasonality (August to July). http://terrabrasilis.dpi.inpe.br/app/dashboard/alerts/legal/amazon/aggregated/

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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