Updated: Oct 25
What do cows have to do with frogs?
For the Rustic Monkey Tree Frog in Brazil, cows are trampling their only known habitat. These thirsty cows are encroaching on this Critically Endangered species' wetland home, pushing them to the brink of extinction. And they're not alone. In a recent study led by Re:wild, we found that agriculture is the most common threat to amphibians. Over 90% of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest biome has been destroyed or degraded. This vital ecosystem is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and is the only home for the Rustic Monkey Tree Frog.
The production of animal-based foods is responsible for a majority of deforestation. Scientists warn that if this level of destruction continues, these ecosystems will no longer be able to sustain themselves, causing disastrous consequences globally.
A global issue
Animal agriculture isn’t just an issue in Brazil. In Australia, the leading cause of deforestation is animal agriculture. In the United States, it’s causing droughts. And in the United Kingdom, researchers found that farms produce more air pollution than cities do.
By harnessing the power of plants for our diets, we can protect ecosystems and species like the Rustic Monkey Tree Frog.
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