Forests are an essential part of ecosystems and supporting the ability to live on earth. However, deforestation for agriculture could have severe consequences when we continue this way.
Degradation of forests
Trees are the oldest and most reliable source representing a crucial role in oxygen supply and absorption of greenhouse gases. However, over the years, human activities have already caused 25% of the earth’s landscape to degrade. Removing the trees will disrupt the sun rays to be blocked during the day and retaining the heat at night. These activities can lead to massive temperature swings leading to a diminishing of biodiversity.
Deforestation mainly occurs as the farmer lacks knowledge and resources available, leading to poor agriculture practices and mismanagement. This causes the degradation of agriculture to be a significant contributor to climate change as trees can’t absorb carbon dioxide anymore. Besides, the moment the trees get cut, they even release an additional amount of carbon dioxide stored within the tree.
Importance of regenerative agriculture
The environmental damage from deforestation affects the ecosystem and will have damaging consequences we can’t foresee, touching even your morning coffee from Brazil.
Therefore, every individual throughout the supply chain should commit to a more sustainable environment where regenerate agriculture can be of added value. During the next blog, the empowerment of the local community with a transition to sustainable farming techniques will be explained, containing a beneficial combination of reforestation and forest conversation.
For more information about the challenges and opportunities in regenerative agriculture, please contact our Sustainability department.