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Biggest Threat to Tropical Forest Now Comes From Global Demand For Food Products



Posted on 13 June 2011
From the Union of Concerned Scientists: Demand for everyday products, from hamburgers to cookies to soap, is now the biggest threat to tropical forests, according to a new study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The peer-reviewed report, “The Root of the Problem: What’s Driving Tropical Deforestation Today?,” concludes that large international businesses producing items such as palm oil, beef and timber have become the most destructive drivers of deforestation—a shift from the past when local populations were thought to be responsible for much of the damage to rain forests. Read more...

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