Most people associate soy with tofu and soy milk. However, only a small portion of soy is consumed directly by humans. In fact, most of the world’s soy crop ends up in feed for poultry, pork, cattle and even farmed fish. The expansion of soy to feed the world’s growing demand for meat often contributes to deforestation and the loss of other valuable ecosystems in Latin America.
To grow soybeans, vast expanses of land are needed. Production is overtaking huge areas in fragile ecosystems such as:
- The Brazilian Cerrado (a relatively flat, mixed woodland and savannah area of central Brazil),
- the Amazon,
- the Chaco, and
- the Atlantic Forests of South America.
This threatens wildlife and biodiversity. It also adversely affects people, the global climate, water reserves and soil quality.
In South America, almost 4 million hectares of forests are destroyed every year, 2.6 million of them in Brazil alone.
Limiting (or you know, completely avoiding) consumption of animal-based food products, particularly meat, is one thing people can do to help end this devastating trend.
i was expecting scary anti-vegan commentary but i am v happy about the fact that there is none
This is a wonderful post.
I hope all the shitty Rio 2 fans following me see this.
That’s why we have so many endangered species, they are burned alive and buried under the chopped down trees, and the ones that survive have no habitat left.
Fragmentation and loss of habitat is the cause of endanger of 83% mammals, 89% birds and 91% plants species.
Don’t tell me you care about nature and animals if you eat meat because you dont.
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I’ve seen people mention illness that require you to eat animal products, I’m not aware of what they are but if this is indeed true there’s still so much you can do!
If you can’t give up one specific animal product because of health, you can still stop consuming the ones you don’t need, you can choose vegan options for everything else. Veganism isn’t just about diet, so you can still go cruelty free on your non food items not using leather/fur/wool/silk/etc and choosing cosmetics and hygiene products which are not tested on animals
We can’t always do everything but we sure can do SOMETHING and that matters a lot
Do as much as you can, you don’t have to compromise your health, good luck!