Agriculture, Food and Beverage

This is how much different commodities contribute to deforestation

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Millions of hectares of forests are lost each year. Image: REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Mikaela Weisse
Director, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
Elizabeth Dow-Goldman
GIS Research Associate, Global Forest Watch
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a graph showing the amount different commodities contribute to forest loss
Land used for cattle is the biggest contributor to deforestation. Image: WRI
a chart showing how much tree coverage soy is directly responsible for replacing
Soy plants directly replace a massive number of trees. Image: WRI
a chart showing how oil palm production contributes to deforestation
Oil palm replaced forests mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia. Image: WRI
a chart showing how cattle contribute to deforestation
More forests are replaced by cattle in Brazil than any other country. Image: WRI
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