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New WWF report highlights the impacts of our appetite for animal protein on the environment

The new report by World Wildlife Fund, Appetite for Destruction, highlights the vast amount of land that is needed to grow the crops used for animal feed, including in some of the planet’s most vulnerable areas such as the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas.

It focuses on the production of soy as feed for chicken, pork and fish and the consequences this has for the environment. The authors link the increased use of feed to the reduced nutritional value of these animal products, before exploring solutions through changing diets and alternative feed production systems.

Read the report here.

See also the recent FCRN Grazed & Confused report which discusses the negative impacts, for soil carbon, on the ploughing of pastures for feed production, as well as impacts of cattle grazing (chapter 5, p87 onwards).

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