19 Sep '16, 4pm

Here’s how much forest we’ll have to destroy to feed our growing junk food addiction: https://t.co/uCsldPuZ9c

Here’s how much forest we’ll have to destroy to feed our growing junk food addiction: https://t.co/uCsldPuZ9c

Junk food consumption is on the rise around the world, even though processed foods that are low in essential nutrients and high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and fat aren’t necessarily part of a healthy diet. And as it turns out, junk food like cookies, ice cream, and potato chips isn’t very good for forests, either. A key ingredient in junk food is vegetable oil, and 60 percent of edible vegetable oil is produced from oil palm and soybeans — crops that are currently associated with massive deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America, respectively, as well as the loss of biodiversity and release of sequestered carbon that comes with that forest destruction. “Often when agricultural development occurs at the expense of tropical forests, food security is used as a reason to support such development,” Princeton University’s Janice Lee, the lead author of a study publi...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/09/heres-how-much-forest-w...

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