DEFORESTATION AND THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
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    "Just one hog farm in Utah, for example, produces more sewage than the city of Los Angeles. These
    megafarms are proliferating, and in populous areas their waste is tainting drinking water. In more pristine
    regions, from Indonesia to the Amazon, tropical rain forest is being burned down to make room for more and
    more cattle. Agriculture is the world's biggest cause of deforestation, and increasing demand for meat is the
    biggest force in the expansion of agriculture."


    "...hugely inefficient use of freshwater and land, heavy pollution from livestock feces, rising rates of heart
    disease and other degenerative illnesses, and spreading destruction of the forests on which much of our
    planet's life depends."
    “Much as we have awakened to the full economic and social costs of cigarettes, we will find we can no longer
    subsidize or ignore the costs of mass-producing cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep and fish to feed our growing
    population. These costs include hugely inefficient use of freshwater and land, heavy pollution from livestock
    feces, rising rates of heart disease and other degenerative illnesses, and spreading destruction of the forests
    on which much of our planet’s life depends.”
    Time.com. "Will We Still Eat Meat?"


    "As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America
    where some 70 per cent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing."
    UN report.


    According to scientists at the Smithsonian Institute, the equivalent of seven football fields of land is bulldozed
    every minute, much of it to create more room for farmed animals.