EU consumption plays a major role in tropical deforestation
Tropical deforestation linked to consumption in the EU - Earth short science news

Two new studies have revealed that food consumption in the EU can be directly linked to tropical deforestation.

More than half of the deforestation can be attributed to the production of food and animal feed, such as beef, soy beans and palm oil. Many of these products are transported to the EU.

Also, these practices (food production and export to the EU) lead to high carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, EU policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to protect tropical forests should include measures that give alternatives for the food-producing tropical countries, and that include a price of deforestation in the food EU citizens buy, researchers argue.

Read the full story: Chalmers University of Technology
Scientific publication: Environmental Research Letters (Deforestation)
Scientific publication: Global Environmental Change (Carbon dioxide emissions)