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Greenpeace Says Agriculture to Blitz Forests the Size of Spain

June 12, 2019, 1:29 PM

At least 50 million hectares of forest—an area equal to the size of Spain—is likely to have been destroyed worldwide by agriculture in the decade through to the start of 2020, according to Greenpeace International.

Cattle, soy, palm oil and other agricultural production remains the leading cause of forest destruction even after promises were made in 2010 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico to eliminate deforestation by 2020 through responsible sourcing of these agricultural products, Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

In response to Greenpeace, the Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum, which represents about 400 retailers, manufacturers and service ...