Agriculture is currently the main driver of forest loss in the tropics. If current farming patterns continue, the future looks increasingly bleak for tropical forests. Food production will need to increase by approximately 70% between 2005 and 2050, according to the FAO.
Drivers of Deforestation
It takes an incredible amount of intelligence, creativity, and team-work to produce and extract oil from plants grown in the tropics, transport it around the earth, and transform it into something you can buy for a couple of dollars and squeeze onto a toothbrush as the sun rises in Berlin, Beijing or Boston.
New York Declaration of Forests signatories outperform non-signatories by a factor of 3 to 1 and are improving faster too – but a two-tier marketplace will not ultimately stop deforestation.