Growing crops to feed livestock and satisfy the massive global demand for meat is destroying the environment, according to a new report.
Appetite for Destruction, compiled by conservation charity WWF in conjunction with Compassion in World Farming, will be launched today at the 2017 Extinction and Livestock Conference in London.
According to the study, so many crops are being grown to feed cows, chickens and other animals, that huge swathes of land are being lost – creating species loss.
Additionally, this loss is happening in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas, including the Amazon and the Himalayas.
Duncan Williamson, WWF Food Policy Manager, said: “The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife.
“A staggering 60 percent of global biodiversity loss is down to the food we eat.
“We know a lot of people are aware that a meat-based diet has an impact on water and land, as well as causing greenhouse gas emissions, but few know the biggest issue of all comes from the crop-based feed the animals eat.”