So let’s start with this mind blowing statistic brought to us by a recent study by Stanford researcher Holly Gibbs: Over the 20 years between 1980 and 2000, more than half a million square miles of new farmland was created in the developing world. Of this land, over 80% was carved out of tropical forests! So over these 20 years, rainforests were the primary source for new agricultural land ! So what have Gibbs and her team of researchers added […]
Join TEAM AMAZON, National Wildlife Federation – International’s NEW! Facebook page. Get updates on the 2010 FIFA World Cup games and learn more about how NWF & World Cup sponsors are showing deforestation the red card! http://www.nwf.org/worldcup — COMING SOON!
Check out National Wildlife Federation’s latest video clip to learn more about the connection between the Amazon rainforest and products we use each day! An area of rainforest as large as the state of Texas has been cleared in Brazil’s Amazon and is now used for cattle pasture, making cattle expansion the largest driver of deforestation on the planet. Beef, leather and other cattle products make it into items we use, eat and wear each day. But solutions exist! Visit http://www.nwf.org/deforestation to find out more… Related Resources: National Wildlife Federation Climate Change, […]
This week Nestlé responded to public demand that it stop buying palm oil—an ingredient in products from Kit Kat bars to Pringles—from areas of tropical deforestation. This decision followed two months of campaigning by the international environmental group Greenpeace. The take-away message from this story: to save our planet’s rainforests, we have to focus on major international drivers of deforestation–and when it comes to influencing big companies, every voice counts. Whether we like it or not, palm oil is an ingredient in […]
Where does the beef in the classic American burger really come from? You won’t find out from the label. New York Times journalist Michael Moss was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting this week for his investigation of food safety concerns from contamination in hamburger meat. Moss’ reporting brings to light some scary failings in federal regulation, and reinforces the urgent need for improved traceability in the sourcing of ground beef for sale in our schools, restaurants and grocery stores. Moss’ […]