Feeding palm oil to dairy cattle is driving Asian rainforest destruction - 30 Oct 2009  
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Greenpeace New Zealand has reported that the dairy industry contributes to Indonesian and Malaysian deforestation by feeding dairy cattle palm kernel expeller (PKE).

They estimate that one New Zealand dairy company alone is responsible for 364,000 tons of greenhouse gas due to PKE feed, with additional emissions from the cattle themselves. Indonesian palm plantations are also known to provide PKE for domestic cattle. With cattle grazing and growth of animal feed that drives rainforest destruction in the Amazon, Greenpeace New Zealand explained in this report that PKE for animal feed is one of the top three palm oil uses.

Our appreciation, Greenpeace New Zealand, for making yet another connection between animal products and the devastating loss of our world’s rainforests.  Let us all step in unison to honor and restore the lungs of our Earth.

As on many previous occasions, Supreme Master Ching Hai again highlighted the climate-based need to eliminate meat consumption during an interview for the September 2009 edition of The House Magazine.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: On land, meat consumption is responsible for vast regions being cleared for grazing crops, that are fed to livestock. One example is seen in the deforested Amazon areas that have gone from lush forest to bare fields used for cattle grazing or primarily animal feed crops. With these activities essentially robbing our biodiversity, there has been an alarming rise in the disappearance of plants and animals.

And one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the field is now forecasting that over a million species will be lost in the coming 50 years. The answer to all of this is quite clear. Stop the meat consumption.Stop it yesterday. This will eliminate the so-called need for livestock raising, which
will immediately return immense amounts of land to natural sustainability or to natural growing methods that allow biodiversity to be replenished. This is the way we need to go, and fast.