Staking Our Forests on Steak: How the beef industry drives deforestation

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There is no getting around it. We need trees. We need trees, not just along suburban roads and decorating our yards. We need great masses of trees in vast untracked forests. Trees are vital for maintaining the oxygen supply in our atmosphere. In the process of photosynthesis trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. They are so efficient that one mature tree can supply up to eighteen people with all the oxygen they need.

In addition to supplying us with oxygen, trees feed the water cycle that brings rain to our croplands and replenishes our aquifers.  Most animals, including humans, use a circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells throughout their bodies. Since trees lack a circulatory system, they circulate fluids through transpiration. By shedding water droplets through their leaves, they harness the power of evaporation to create low pressure zones that draw water up from…

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