McDonald’s commitment to source only deforestation-free beef by 2020 in regions with identified risks relating to the preservation of forests holds such promise to protect critical habitats, including Latin America’s most valuable ecosystems.
Guatemala’s palm oil industry is growing—and fast. Landscapes that were once covered with cotton and sugar are now ripe with oil palm. Yet agricultural expansion often comes at the expense of critical ecosystems, many of which provide habitat for endangered species and freshwater for local communities. In some cases, rivers and streams carry agricultural run-off all the way to the Mesoamerican Reef—the largest transnational reef in the world—threatening the region and the species that live there.