A new report has revealed land cleared to grow animal feed for fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King is destroying local wildlife.
The report, conducted by Mighty Earth, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and Fern, investigated the Gran Chaco region in South America, home to at-risk species such as jaguars, giant anteaters and screaming hairy armadillos.
Titled The Avoidable Crisis, the coalition of environmental organizations carried out the investigation using a sophisticated system of drones.
The land is currently being cleared for Cargill and Bunge, who are the suppliers of animal feed for fast-food chains McDonald’s, Burger King and Walmart
“The level of destruction was astounding. We documented bulldozers in action clearing large areas of intact forests and grasslands, as well as huge fires billowing smoke into the air,” Mighty Earth Policy Director Anahita Yousefi said.
“While the Gran Chaco has traditionally received less attention than other biomes like the Brazilian Amazon, it’s a vitally important ecosystem, and there’s no reason to destroy it.”
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, land and fresh-water use and is one of the most damaging industries to the environment.