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Some General Reports:
March 2018 news report: “Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn. Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people, major UN-backed biodiversity study reveals…
The world has lost over 130m hectares of rainforests since 1990 and we lose dozens of species every day, pushing the Earth’s ecological system to its limit…
The rate of decline is moreover accelerating. In the Americas – which has about 40% of the world’s remaining biodiversity – the regional population is gobbling up resources at twice the rate of the global average…
The authors urged an end to subsidies for agriculture and energy that are encouraging unsustainable production…
Others have put the crisis in starker terms. Biologist Paul Ehrlich, has warned that civilisational collapse is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to the destruction of the natural world…”
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“Most Deforestation Occurs in 11 Places… Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series.
The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.
These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species…
“Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,”…
forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses…”
Article & map at https://financialtribune.com/articles/environment/16112/most-deforestation-occurs-in-11-places
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A 2015 article in The Atlantic: “The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees.” Excerpts: “Oxford University researchers say that our best hopes … are two things we already know how to do: plant trees and improve the soil … Specifically, the two techniques it recommends are afforestation—planting trees where there were none before—and biochar—improving the soil by burying a layer of dense charcoal … these so-called “Negative Emissions Technologies” or NETs should only be seen as a way to stave off the worst of climate change …”
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Deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forests:
The World Bank’s publication “Causes of Deforestation of the Amazon Brazilian Rainforest” (2004) states: “Land-use data on Amazonia demonstrates that the main cause of deforestation in the region is cattle ranching…” (p.59) “Cattle ranching enterprises now occupy nearly 75 percent of the deforested areas of Amazonia…” (p.XVIII)
Access the report via https://tinyurl.com/amazondeforest
and directly at http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2004/02/02/000090341_20040202130625/Rendered/PDF/277150PAPER0wbwp0no1022.pdf
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A 2018 article in The Atlantic: “Trees Could Change the Climate More Than Scientists Thought.” Excerpts: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that a large fraction of humanity’s diet is owing, at least in part, to forest-driven rainfall … Based on severe droughts that occurred in 2005, 2010, and 2015, some scientists believe the Amazon may be nearing a tipping point that would cause much of its rainforest to turn to savanna, with potentially devastating consequences for carbon storage, biodiversity, and local climate …”
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The Clearing of Wilderness including Forests to Plant Crops to Feed to Livestock Animals:
2017 news report titled “Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet.” Excerpts: “WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earth’s resources…
The vast scale of growing crops such as soy to rear chickens, pigs and other animals puts an enormous strain on natural resources leading to the wide-scale loss of land and species, according to the study…”
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2015 report: “Livestock farming incurs large and varied environmental burdens, dominated by beef… Here we show that protein-equivalent plant based alternatives to the beef portion of the mean American diet are readily devisable… We then show that replacement diets require on average only 10% of land, 4% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and 6% of reactive nitrogen (Nr) compared to what the the replaced beef diet requires. Applied to 320 million Americans, the beef-to-plant shift can save 91 million cropland acres (and 770 million rangeland acres), 278 million metric ton CO2e, and 3.7 million metric ton Nr annually. These nationwide savings are 27%, 4% and 32% of the respective national environmental burdens.”
Reference: “Environmentally Optimal, Nutritionally Aware Beef Replacement Plant-Based Diets”, Environmental Science and Technology 50(15), July 2016; at
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“How changing your diet could save animals from extinction” – excerpts: “The inefficiency of feeding livestock grain to turn them into meals for humans makes a diet heavy in animals particularly harsh on the Earth’s resources. For example, in the United States, it takes 25 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef… To make matters worse, the grain we feed animals is the leading driver of deforestation in the tropics. And it’s a hungry beast: our cows, pigs, and poultry devour over one-third of all crops we grow. Indeed, the grain we feed to animals in the U.S. alone could feed an additional 800 million people if it were eaten by us directly – more than the number of people currently living in hunger…”
Article at https://theconversation.com/how-changing-your-diet-could-save-animals-from-extinction-81061
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United States Department of Agriculture states: “The major [animal livestock] feed grains are corn, sorghum, barley, and oats. Corn is the primary U.S. feed grain… More than 90 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region. Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed…” – https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/corn/background.aspx
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From a 2016 article titled “The Story of Soy” – “Behind beef, soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation worldwide... Around 75% of soy worldwide is used for livestock feed. While many people imagine soy is eaten mainly by vegetarians, most of it is consumed indirectly in the form of chicken, pork, beef and farmed fish as well as eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt…”
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The Guardian 2018: “Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question… Consider deforestation and soil. A narrow view of agriculture alone would neglect the fact that a full 80% of the forests that are clear cut or destroyed are done so to create farmland. Forests are massive carbon sinks. So is soil, locking away two to three times as much carbon as there is present in the atmosphere… Young people are increasingly keen to protect the environment by shifting to animal-product-free diets…”
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2017 article: “The hamburger chain Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests…
Jaguars, giant anteaters and sloths have all been affected by the disappearance of around 700,000 hectares (1,729,738 acres) of forest land between 2011 and 2015…
evidence gathered from aerial drones, satellite imaging, supply-chain mapping and field research shows a systematic pattern of forest-burning…”
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“About 70% of the harvested mass of the 250 Mt soybean crop is mixed with grain for animal feedstock. In Brazil, where more land is planted to soybeans than all cereals combined, the Amazon forest is being cleared to expand production – and also for grazing the 74 million beef cattle in Amazonia. Nor is land-clearing for beef only occurring in the Amazon… An increasing share of Australia’s grain crop goes to produce meat. In 2007, nearly 12 Mt of grain was so used, with 3.5 Mt being fed to beef cattle and sheep, 1.9 Mt to pigs, and 2.3 Mt for broiler poultry…”
Patrick Moriarty, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
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“In this study we establish the link between Brazilian deforestation and production of cattle and soybeans, and allocate emissions between 1990 and 2010 along the global supply chain to the countries that consume products dependent on Brazilian deforestation. We find that 30% of the carbon emissions associated with deforestation were exported from Brazil in the last decade, of which 29% were due to soybean production and 71% cattle ranching…”
“Global demand for soybean oil and soybean meal, which are mainly used in high-protein animal feed and as refined cooking oil, has increased the demand for Brazilian soybean, particularly from China (FAO 2009, Ash 2000). In response, soybean cultivation has increased significantly in Brazil, making this crop the most important in terms of harvested area since the 1990s…”
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World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF): “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 South America, almost 4 million hectares of forests are destroyed every year, 2.6 million of them in Brazil alone. Although this is lower than in the 1990s, it is still far too high and can largely be blamed on heavily soy-dependent livestock farming.
Limiting consumption of animal-based food products, particularly meat, is one thing people can do to help end this devastating trend…”
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Click this link for more reports on this site about how most soy is fed to livestock animals.
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2017 New Scientist report: “Grass-fed Beef is Bad for the Planet and Causes Climate Change.” Excerpts: “New calculations suggest cattle pastures contribute to climate change… The truth is, we cannot eat as much meat as we like and save the planet…
Meanwhile, feeding the beasts destroys forests by taking land for pasture or to grow feed – and this deforestation also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions…
Many cattle, especially in the tropics, graze on former forest land. In places such as the Brazilian Amazon, clearing trees for cattle causes massive greenhouse gas emissions…
Garnett’s conclusion is supported by a study published on 29 September, which found that methane emissions from cattle are 11 per cent larger than older methods would suggest, and thus a bigger contributor to global warming…
“We need to reduce emissions from livestock,” says Benton. “That needs to come from dietary change.”
From article at https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149220-grass-fed-beef-is-bad-for-the-planet-and-causes-climate-change/
A related 2017 article by Tara Garnett of Oxford University’s Food Climate Research Network “Why eating grass-fed beef isn’t going to help fight climate change” – some excerpts: “Grazing ruminants have historically driven deforestation and the carbon dioxide emissions associated with it. But today, demand for soy and grains to feed pigs, poultry, and intensively reared cattle poses a new threat. This drives the conversion of grassland to grow such grains and the release of carbon stored in it…
Forests are still cut down while grasslands are being intensified to support more livestock farming… whatever the system and animal type, rising animal production and consumption is driving damaging changes in land use and associated release of greenhouse gases…”
Full article at https://theconversation.com/why-eating-grass-fed-beef-isnt-going-to-help-fight-climate-change-84237 and also at http://www.fcrn.org.uk/fcrn-blogs/tara-garnett/blog-post-tara-garnett-why-eating-grass-fed-beef-isn%E2%80%99t-going-help-fight
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Regards Land Clearing, Deforestation & the Mass Destruction of Wildlife in Australia to make Pasture & Grazing for Livestock Animals:
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports: “Eastern Australia deforestation pressures: Pasture creation for livestock is the dominant driver, accounting for 88 per cent of clearing of both primary and secondary forests and woodlands.”
Source: “WWF Living Forest Reports: Chapter 5”, Page 34, 2015; http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/living_forests_report_chapter_5_1.pdf
From an Australian Government report: “approximately 30 per cent of Australia’s land area was covered in forest before European colonisation; today, only about 16 per cent of the land area is forest… The main cause of clearing is for pasture…” 
A definition of pasture is “land covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals, especially cattle or sheep.” 
In other words the main cause of deforestation in Australia was to benefit the profits of the animal agriculture livestock industries.
References:  “Australia: State of the Environment 2016”, the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy; at https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/land/topic/2016/vegetation-0  google search.
A 2017 government report states that 93% of the land clearing (deforestation) in Queensland (the large north-eastern state of Australia) is being done to make pasture for livestock; for eventual human consumption. The report states: “The dominant replacement land cover class for 2015–16 was pasture (93% of total statewide woody vegetation clearing). This was consistent with results since 2012–13.”
Reference: “Land cover change in Queensland 2015–16: Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) report”, page 23 (31 of the PDF), Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, 2017; http://apo.org.au/system/files/113241/apo-nid113241-445951.pdf
“The livestock sector is the leading cause of reduction of biodiversity… A study from Australia demonstrates that the beef industry has the largest relative potential contribution to the impact on terrestrial biodiversity in Australia, by both the area covered and the nature of the impacts.
This includes the area of native vegetation cleared for grazing, the impacts of overgrazing and trampling, the amount of grain used in high-density feedlots, and the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted…”
Reference: “The Sustainability Challenges of Our Meat and Dairy Diets”, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Volume 57, 2015 – Issue 3; at
“Land clearing is an important contributor to Australia’s total net greenhouse emissions… Today, most land cleared in Australia is used for cattle grazing…” From the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency; PDF titled “Drivers of Land Clearing in Australia” at
“Nor is land-clearing for beef only occurring in the Amazon. In Australia… in recent decades in [just one state] Queensland, 3000-7000 sq km of native woodland were cleared every year, largely for improved cattle pastures. Much of the meat produced is exported…”
Patrick Moriarty, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University.
Regards animal extinctions: “Australia is losing its mammals at a quicker rate than most regions in the world.” – http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-10/losing-australian-native-mammals/6082624
March 2018: “Australia Leads in Extinction Rates Worldwide” at
Guardian newspaper 2017: “‘Alarming’ rise in Queensland tree clearing as 400,000 hectares stripped… meaning Queensland now has two-thirds the annual rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon…
Australia has become one of the deforestation hotspots in the world – the only advanced economy to be named in the 12 deforestation hotspots in the world.
“[It’s] because Queensland has returned to the bad old days of bulldozing hundreds of thousands of hectares of woody and remnant vegetations in order to make way particularly for pasture for cows” …
clearing statewide was the “single biggest threat” to koala populations…
According to deputy premier Trad, most land cleared statewide was for pastoral land…”
Article at https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/05/alarming-rise-in-queensland-tree-clearing-as-400000-hectares-stripped
New Matilda: “Unsurprisingly, all this destruction has had a devastating impact on our wildlife. The CSIRO has estimated that deforestation kills about 50 million mammals, birds and reptiles each year in Queensland and New South Wales [about 1/3 of the land mass]…” at https://newmatilda.com/2017/10/10/its-the-habitat-destruction-stupid/
“Land clearing for beef production in the two states is the reason the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) nominated eastern Australia as one of eleven global deforestation fronts for the twenty years to 2030…
In Queensland alone, from 1988 to 2015, an area equivalent to nearly 11 million rugby fields was cleared for pasture. [Footnote] That’s a rate of three-quarters of a rugby field per minute, and represents 91 per cent of total land clearing in the state.”
The footnote explains: “At 8,400 square metres, the area of a rugby field”
Article at https://terrastendo.net/2017/03/26/beef-the-reef-and-rugby-we-have-a-problem/
The Conversation 2017: “Australia is a global top-ten deforester – and Queensland is leading the way” at https://theconversation.com/australia-is-a-global-top-ten-deforester-and-queensland-is-leading-the-way-87259
From the Journal of Plant Ecology (2012), some quotes on the deforestation of Australia in large part due to the animal agriculture livestock industry: “since European settlement in the late 18th century… Australia has lost nearly 40% of its forests, but much of the remaining native vegetation is highly fragmented…
Since the 1970s, the greatest rates of forest clearance have been in southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales, although Victoria is the most cleared state…
Today, ∼15% of the continent is now considered to have been severely modified by intensive land use, with agricultural areas dominated by cattle grazing zones covering around 43% of the country and ‘improved’ pastures [for livestock] covering around 10%…
Queensland’s history of vegetation clearance is remarkable in that most of it occurred in the last 50 years… largely due to the expansion of the cattle industry…
In the tropical regions of Queensland, it is estimated that ∼50% of its primary tropical forest (6 700 km2 of around 13 000 km2 originally) has been destroyed since European colonization… much of it for sugarcane, banana and livestock production… About 52% of the northeast wet tropics region is now under pasture [for livestock animals like cattle]… many extinctions are likely to occur over the coming decades unless efforts to restore vast areas (especially in north Queensland) are implemented…
According to the Victorian Government, ∼66% of the state’s native vegetation has been cleared since European colonization… as the wheat and livestock industries expanded with European colonization…”
Reference: “Little left to lose: deforestation and forest degradation in Australia since European colonization”, Journal of Plant Ecology, Volume 5, Issue 1, 1 March 2012, Pages 109–120; at https://academic.oup.com/jpe/article/5/1/109/1294916
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2018 Guardian news report: ‘Global Deforestation Hotspot’: 3 million hectares of Australian forest to be lost in 15 years. Threatened species, pressure on Great Barrier Reef and climate change all worsened by full-blown land-clearing crisis.”
Some excerpts: “Australia is in the midst of a full-blown land-clearing crisis… The crisis is driven primarily by a booming livestock industry but is ushered in by governments that fail to introduce restrictions and refuse to apply existing restrictions…
WWF analysis estimated that 45 million animals are killed each year in Queensland, just from the bulldozing of their habitat… Both in Australia and around the world, habitat loss is by far the biggest threat to animals facing extinction…
Australia has a rich biodiversity, with nearly 8% of all Earth’s plant and animal species finding a home on the continent. About 85% of the country’s plants, 84% of its mammals and 45% of its birds are found nowhere else.
But land clearing is putting that at risk. About three-quarters of Australia’s 1,640 plants and animals listed by the government as threatened have habitat loss listed as one of their main threats…
And of course land clearing is exacerbating climate change…
Queensland clears more land each year than the rest of Australia put together, and the rate at which it is destroying its vegetation is comparable with the infamous deforestation that occurs in the Brazilian Amazon. Brazil bulldozes about 0.25% of its part of the Amazon each year; Queensland clears about 0.45% of its remaining wooded areas…
other states have begun to follow Queensland’s lead… There are some really extreme elements in the NSW laws… Analysis by WWF shows that could allow clearing of 8m hectares, or 38% of the remaining trees in the state, under that rule alone…
“Only 9% of NSW is in a healthy or near-natural condition,” Barham says. “We simply don’t have much left to lose. That is why every bit of clearing in NSW is so important.”
Meanwhile, further north, vast tracts of land are being earmarked for clearing. In the relatively lawless Northern Territory, approvals for land clearing have jumped more than tenfold in the past two years… major land-clearing proposals that occur on pastoral leases are assessed by a body called the Pastoral Lands Board… It is made up of four pastoralists and one rangelands scientist… Having a board full of agricultural business people as the ultimate decision maker is mind-boggling…
Some of Australia’s richest graziers are establishing cattle stations in Western Australia, and making claims for greater access to resources in the pristine Kimberley…
some of Australia’s most majestic and oldest trees are being cut down for timber by a state-owned company in Victoria, which has even less left to lose than NSW. And Tasmania has just signed up to allow more logging in its national parks…”
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This site contains pages with hundreds of science reports on the higher rates of disease & death associated with eating red meat, dairy, chicken/poultry, eggs, fish/seafood & of the lower rates associated with eating healthy plant-based diets high in fruits & vegetables & nuts.
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Dr Laura Kehoe: “since the dawn of human ‘civilisation’, we have cut down half of all trees on Earth. Just let that sink in for a second… it may seem like a lot (and it is), but if we divide it by how many people are alive today it turns out that we are each missing only 400 trees… At 10 cents a tree, it would only take a $40 contribution to plant your 400 trees with our fantastic field partners, Trees for the Future… By working in this way, planting trees benefits not only the environment, but also transforms the lives of those who are struggling to feed their families.” http://400trees.org
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Quotes from news reports & science journals on how the Western omnivore diet with meat and dairy products accelerates climate-change through: i) increasing our carbon footprint of greenhouse gases; ii) deforesting & destroying wilderness that absorbs carbon and protects biodiversity; iii) creating massive pollution; and iv) wasting resources like grains, water, fuels and agricultural lands.
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Excerpts & links to medical studies, articles & reports on the links between meat consumption and increased incidences of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early mortality (a shorter lifespan); also to reports on how cancers are increasing in young people.
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Quotes & links to articles in science, medical & health journals that report great benefits vegetarians and vegans generally have including longer lives with less of the chronic degenerative diseases like cancer, cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity as well as lower blood pressure, hypertension and blood cholesterol levels.
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Excerpts & links to articles in news media science journals about the current ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ known also as the ‘Holocene Extinction’ or ‘Anthropocene Extinction’ as it is largely caused by human activities.
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This page contains quotes & links for studies & articles in science journals, news media & by medical doctors; on the association of drinking milk to higher rates of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
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This page features quotes & links to articles in news media and science journals about the rise of microbes that are resistant to antibiotics; posing a grave threat to all of us; from 50% to 80% of antibiotics are (mis-)used in animal agriculture industries.
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This page features quotes & links to reports that expose how the animal agriculture industries (meat, dairy, poultry) influence government, politics, the education schooling system and news media in order to promote their interests.
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Excerpts from articles about the marine ecosystem collapse that is happening now in oceans, seas & rivers due to over-fishing and the toxic pollution in waterways from land-based animal agriculture meat-farming; worsening climate change; threatening the entire food chain.
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Articles from science journals & news reports that dispute the health claims made regards eating fish; some even find higher rates of heart disease and cancer among seafood consumers.
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A collection of quotes & links for articles by doctors, dietitians & nutrition experts who refute & rebut the negative claims made regards “the soy food debate”
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