The report argues that the industrial livestock production model (‘factory farming’), including Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFOs) and large-scale cattle ranching for beef, are unsustainable, and are a leading cause of deforestation and climate change.
Agriculture, including livestock farming, is increasingly becoming a battleground, with land, farming and food production being wrested away from peasant farmers by agribusiness exporters and their financial backers. This trend is being condoned and even driven by intergovernmental negotiations in various different fora, and now dominates climate change negotiations as well as trade talks.
This report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment.
This report shows that the combined expansion of soy, cattle ranching and sugarcane is placing huge pressures on Brazil’s highly biodiverse Amazon and Cerrado habitats.