The Truth About Global Deforestation
Deforestation was the first major type of environmental damage caused by the rise of civilization. Large areas of forest were cleared for agriculture, which included domestication of edible animals. Farmed animals require much more land than crops to produce a given amount of food. The conversion of natural habitats to pastures and land for feed crops has been rapidly increasing. From 1950 and 1980, more land was converted to feed crops than in the preceding 150 years. As developing countries move to a more western animal based diet, the demand to convert land will result in more deforestation and environmental degradation.