GRACE Communications Foundation
This week, Years of Living Dangerously tracks Gisele Bündchen’s trek to the Amazon rainforest to discover the extent to which deforestation has impacted the “lungs of the planet.” One of the biggest threats to the Amazon? Meat production, particularly the clearing of forests for soy fields and cattle ranches. The costs are tremendous. Not only is a huge portion of our planet’s biodiversity found in tropical rainforests, but these forests are critical to our planet’s ability to absorb all the excess greenhouse gases and the pollutants humans create. While the growing demand for beef is negatively impacting tropical rainforests and accelerating climate change, the good news is that there are choices you can make today to help, regardless of your diet. This infographic puts the problem into perspective and gives us all a way to fight: we can eat less but better meat from local farms.
GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current industrial food system, and to advocate for more sustainable alternatives. By building partnerships and mobilizing philanthropic resources, we promote consumer actions and public policies that support sustainable food production and embrace the complex interconnections of food, water and energy.