Organized Crime Is A Top Driver Of Global Deforestation Along With Beef

By Jennifer Devine, Texas State University
The Middle East North Africa Financial Network
September 9, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Every year the world loses an estimated 25 million acres of forest. Nearly all of it is in the tropics. Tropical forests store enormous quantities of carbon and are home to at least two-thirds of the world’s living species, so deforestation has disastrous consequences for climate change and conservation. …From my research in Latin America , I know that four consumer goods are responsible for the majority of global deforestation: beef, soy, palm oil, and wood pulp and paper products. Together these commodities are responsible for the loss of nearly 12 million acres promote deforestation, beef is in a class by itself… accounting for 41% of global forest losses. [originally published in The Conservation, November 15, 2021]

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