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Amazonian Deforestation

Causes of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

As Californians, in our everyday lives, we consume beef, soy, and palm oil. Production of these products are major drivers of deforestation in tropical forests, as the native forests are burned to make way for grazing and soy and palm fields. We can help to preserve these forests by limiting the amount of beef we eat and sourcing local meat, and avoiding products made with palm oil.To a lesser degree, tropical forests are cut down for use in packaging for things that we buy in the store and online. If we buy less “stuff” overall, and try to avoid products with extensive packaging, we can make another dent in deforestation.