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  • 1. Wildlife & Ecosystems threatened by the irresponsible expansion of soy i f © Staffan Widtrand / WWF
  • 2. © Michel Gunther / WWF-CanonSouth America’s Atlantic Forest: As of 2000, less than 8% of the total original area of thisregion remained
  • 3. © Juan Pratginestos / WWF-CanonThe golden lion tamarin, found in patches of the Atlantic Forest, is an endangeredspecies with an estimated wild population of only approximately 1,500 individuals
  • 4. © Martin Harvey / WWF-CanonThe white-tufted-ear marmoset lives in wooded savannah and on the edge of remnantsof the Atlantic Forest
  • 5. © Martin Harvey / WWF-CanonThe threatened red brocket, seen here in the Atlantic Forest
  • 6. © Vida SilvestreChaco: The Río de Oro (Gold River) in Argentina cuts through the largest dry forest inSouth America and is the continent’s most extensive forested region after the Amazon
  • 7. © Michel Gunther / WWF-CanonThe jaguar, also found in the Gran Chaco, is the largest cat in the western hemisphere, thetop predator in lowland ecosystems, and an important figure in many indigenous cultures
  • 8. © Nigel Dickinson / WWF-CanonAmazon: About 1/2 of the planets remaining tropical rainforests are found in thisecoregion
  • 9. © André Bärtschi / WWF-CanonAn Amazon tree boa, hanging from a liana. At least 10% of the worlds known speciesare found in the Amazon.
  • 10. © WWFBrazil’s Cerrado: a vast savannah the size of Mexico, brimming with natural life
  • 11. © Martin Harvey / WWF-CanonThe maned wolf, one of the Cerrado’s emblematic species
  • 12. © Hartmut Jungius / WWF-CanonListed as “vulnerable to extinction” on the IUCN Red List, the giant anteater is alreadyconsidered extinct in some parts of Brazil
  • 13. © WWF44% of the Cerrado’s plant species exist nowhere else on Earth
  • 14. © Juan Pratginestos / WWF-CanonAround 300 of the Cerrado’s native plant species are used as food, medicine,handicrafts or for trade
  • 15. © Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon60 vulnerable animal species – 20 endangered and 12 critically endangered – strugglefor survival in the Cerrado
  • 16. © Zig Koch / WWFCerrado savannah flower, Juruena National Park, Brazil
  • 17. © WWFA road separates the Cerrado’s native savannah with a cleared area destined for asoybean plantation. Half of the Cerrado has been lost to agriculture as of 2012.
  • 18. © Adriano Gambarini / WWF-BrazilThe Cerrado is disappearing faster than the Amazon rainforest, mainly as a result ofcommercial agriculture – especially vast fields of soy
  • 19. Original Cerrado Conservation International 2002
  • 20. Cerrado in 2002 Conservation International 2002
  • 21. © Nigel Dickinson / WWF-CanonIn addition to causing negative environmental impacts, the expansion of soybeanagriculture also often displaces small-scale farmers
  • 22. © James W. Thorsell / WWF-CanonThe application of pesticides for soy cultivation is not without risk—agrochemicals couldcontaminate soil, and surface and underground water sources
  • 23. Wirralwater / Creative CommonsSoy is exported from South America and elsewhere to meet a growing demand for feed,especially for chickens and pigs
  • 24. © Steve Morgan / WWF-UKOn average, each European consumer eats 87 kg of meat and 250 eggs per year. Toproduce this, 400 square metres of land per person is needed.
  • 25. jamesdkirk / Creative CommonsThis is how our eating habits indirectly contribute to negative environmental and social impacts,including deforestation and biodiversity loss, in South America and other soy producing countries
  • 26. Find out morewwf.panda.org/soyandyou f d / d