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Our food production is critically altering Earth’s life support systems.

Agriculture threatens ecosystems worldwide.

Global food production, including animal agriculture, is taking a heavy toll on the environment through habitat loss, carbon dioxide emissions, pollution, soil erosion, eradication of top predator species, and consumption of scarce water resources. Forests and other carbon-sequestering plant life are cleared or burned to provide land for less-biodiverse commercial crops and animal agriculture. The environmental impact of humanity’s dietary dependence on meat, milk, and eggs is profound. Agriculture and commercial fisheries are among the primary drivers of wildlife population and local biodiversity declines—as food production increases, wildlife populations decline, leading to species extinctions.

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Why This Issue Matters
Why it is important

Forests are Earth’s lungs–they sequester carbon, release oxygen, and protect against global climate change.

How it relates to you

When we burn fossil fuels and clear trees, we release heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.

How to join the cause

Global climate change

Every day we make consumer choices that can collectively benefit, or degrade, our planet. What we decide to purchase to wear, eat, or use in our daily lives, has a profound impact on our environment.

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Leuser: The Last Place on Earth

The Leuser Ecosystem may be the last place on earth where rare species like Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos, elephants and sun bears live together in the wild–and it is under siege by the palm oil industry.

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