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 a palm-free alternative. While more brands are committing to using sustainable palm—few have been able to meet their own goals.
Other crops 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.
This is why we have to make sure there are laws on the books protecting our rainforests. In countries that have tropical rainforests 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.
It’s time to ensure we know if meat and crops are grown illegally deforested rainforest land. It’s time to make sure that corporations don’t profit from their destruction of the forests.
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.
- 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!
- Conventional agriculture uses pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. These contaminate water sources & rivers and destroy the soil.
- Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70% of water use worldwide.
- Raising animals for food uses ⅓ of all freshwater and 45% of the earth’s land.