09 Jul '18, 10am

Rainforests: The good, the bad, and the Trump trade war

Rainforests: The good, the bad, and the Trump trade war

In the time it takes you to read this story, a forest the size of nearly 100 football fields will be cleared . Farmers have been burning forests for decades — in part to grow soybeans for hungry animals . In fact, soy cultivation is one of the major drivers of deforestation, especially in South America. In an effort to stop the burning, the Louis Dreyfus Company, one of the world’s largest food corporations, recently announced plans to start policing its soy suppliers. It’s the latest in a series of corporate commitments aimed at stopping deforestation. As Trump’s trade war pushes soy cultivation from the United States into South America, these corporate pledges may be the last barrier against a massive rise in deforestation. “This is a breakthrough from one of the world’s largest traders with huge significance to the global meat industry,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of Migh...

Full article: https://grist.org/article/rainforests-the-good-the-bad-an...

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