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Wildlife & ecosystems threatened by the irresponsible expansion of soy

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Wildlife & ecosystems threatened by the irresponsible expansion of soy

  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

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