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Industrial animal agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss as forests, grasslands and other critical habitats are cleared for livestock grazing and feed crops for concentrated animal feeding operations. It is also the primary threat to the cultures, water security, livelihoods and even lives of Indigenous peoples and other environmental defenders.

In Brazil, 95% of deforestation that occurred between 2019 and 2022 in the Amazon Rainforest was the result of clearing for cattle and cattle feed.