Solutions to Tropical Deforestation
In the twenty-first century, large agricultural industries such as palm oil, soybeans, beef, and timber have become the major forces driving tropical deforestation. Their products are consumed worldwide and traded internationally in increasing large amounts. The demand for them comes from consumers and businesses all over the planet.
Yet despite the rapid expansion of these drivers in the tropics, there have been notable successes in channeling their growth in ways that no longer cause deforestation. Businesses in all parts of the supply chain can move to become deforestation-free, and consumers can direct their shopping toward these businesses and away from products that lead to forest destruction.
Our Research Series: Solutions to Tropical Deforestation
In a series of reports on industries that drive deforestation, UCS explains the expansion of these drivers into tropical forests, presents the alternatives, and gives recommendations for how businesses, governments, and consumers can go deforestation-free.
Increasing demand for vegetable oils has traditionally translated into demand for more land to grow oil crops. Over the last decade much of that land has come at the expense of tropical forests, especially for the production of palm and soybean oil.
Recipes for Success examines the vegetable oil market, details how businesses can produce and use vegetable oil without causing deforestation, and highlights ways that consumers can help support these efforts.
Producing meat, especially beef, requires large amounts of land. Global meat consumption has increased in recent years—and much of the new land for meat production has come from clearing tropical forests. This trend is a leading driver of deforestation and a significant contributor to global warming.
Grade A Choice? looks at how smart choices by consumers, businesses, and policy makers can reduce the impacts of meat production on deforestation and reviews the history, economics, and impacts of the meat industry.
Many logging activities in the tropics are done without regard to the forest ecosystem, leading to reduced biodiversity and increased global warming pollution. Logging activity can also pave the way for increased deforestation by creating in-roads that allow access for agricultural development.
Wood for Good looks at how smart choices by consumers, businesses, and policy makers can help reduce the impacts of wood production on deforestation.