Why is deforestation such a big deal?

The food you choose to buy has an enormous impact on the planet and its habitants – in more ways than you might think.

From the packaging your food comes into the types of food you order, everything has a knock-on effect. One of the biggest of those impacts is when it comes to deforestation.

Primarily, the demand for low cost, high volumes of meat, dairy and eggs is fueling deforestation around the world, as this creates an ever-increasing need for land to facilitate this farming. This deforestation is nothing short of a crisis for the entire planet.

It’s why at Truli, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do – and that includes taking special care to source ingredients responsibility in ways that don’t contribute to deforestation.

Here’s why deforestation is such a big deal for all of us – and why making sustainable food choices really matters.

Farming is destroying rainforests – including almost a third of the Amazon

When we talk about the increasing demand for meat, dairy and eggs from farming, it’s not just land for the animals themselves which is driving the issue. Instead, it’s largely because all that livestock requires a huge amount of feed itself. The need to cultivate unprecedented amounts of soy crops for feed has resulted in ​​around 33% of land globally dedicated to this livestock feed. The South American rainforest regions are the hardest hit. Meanwhile, 29% of deforestation in the Amazon is down to farming.

At the same time, farming for beef is also a huge factor in deforestation. 80% of all deforestation is caused by extensive, unsustainable cattle ranching and logging for materials.

Deforestation is a significant contributor to the climate crisis

Destroying forests is no small act. At a basic level, trees absorb and house carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, acting as an essential carbon sink. Without them, they release this carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases – with forest loss causing around 10% of all global warming. As the World Wildlife Fund reports, “There’s simply no way we can fight the climate crisis if we don’t stop deforestation. ”

Destroying animals and plant species

Animals and plants rely on forests to live – more than 70% of land animals and plants live in and around forests. The forest provides vital food and shelter, while the forest canopy also regulates the temperature of the atmosphere. Without it, a drastic temperature change occurs from day to night – which can cause the death of many of those who live within it.

Deforestation destroys the homelands of indigenous people

Forests aren’t just home to birds, mammals, plants and insects – they’re the home of innumerable indigenous communities who depend on the forest to survive. Destroying the forests on which they sustain their living immediately destroys their lifestyle in a way even more directly than for those of us living in the industrialised world.

To help fight deforestation – and eat better than ever – see what’s cooking at Truli.co.uk.

About the author
Kaisa Lepajõe

Kaisa Lepajõe

Kaisa is the co-founder and CEO of Truli. She is a foodie and has tried her best over the years to live a zero-waste life. It's not always easy, and she is on a journey the same as you. She loves walking dogs, hiking in the woods, and knitting. Kaisa has a lot of side-hustles going at any one time. Currently, she is focusing most of her efforts on Truli, but she is also writing a book and learning to be a better chef.
Kaisa Lepajõe

Kaisa Lepajõe

Kaisa is the co-founder and CEO of Truli. She is a foodie and has tried her best over the years to live a zero-waste life. It's not always easy, and she is on a journey the same as you. She loves walking dogs, hiking in the woods, and knitting. Kaisa has a lot of side-hustles going at any one time. Currently, she is focusing most of her efforts on Truli, but she is also writing a book and learning to be a better chef.

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