Meat as a Driver of Deforestation at the World Social Forum (WSF)
Industrial and other forms of unsustainable livestock production have very real impacts on forests, climate and the environment. They also have devastating consequences for communities, Indigenous Peoples, peasants and women. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the global livestock sector contributes an estimated 14.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates, as well as impacting water and biodiversity negatively. Case studies will be presented from Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and a global overview of the struggles against unsustainable livestock and feedstock production and the alternatives.