Forest degradation in 2017 in Brazil, home to most of the Amazon rainforest, made up nearly 30 percent of global deforestation, more than any other country.
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Every day there are fewer places left on Earth for wildlife.Habitat loss, whether caused directly or indirectly by humans, is the greatest threat to life on Earth.We have wiped out 60 percent of wildlife in the last 40 years and more than 1 million species are threatened with extinction. Farming and food production are a major agent for the conversion of natural habitat into agricultural land.Livestock takes up nearly 80 percent of global agricultural land yet produces less than 20 percent of the world's supply of calories.With good reason: Beef makes up 24 percent of the world's meat consumption, but requires 30 million square kilometers of land to produce, several magnitudes more land than other sources of protein.Of the 1.5 billion farmers around the world, 1.2 billion are smallholders.The alternative, however, is to roll the dice and watch more wildlife habitats go and with them the entire fabric that sustains all life on Earth. The future of wildlife is ultimately linked to our own future.
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