Behind beef, soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation worldwide. From the Northern Great Plains of the U.S. to the Amazon of Brazil, forests, grasslands, and wetlands are being plowed up to make room for more soy production.
With pressure from customers, employees, and shareholders—and based on a growing realization of the impacts America’s electricity footprint has on the climate—many corporations are trying to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we must shift our global energy supply from one that relies on dirty fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—to one that is supported by clean and sustainable sources. The good news is that this transition is already well underway, according to a new WWF report.
Devil’s claw has been used by the Khwe people of southern central Africa for as long as anyone can remember. Prized as a remedy for aches and pains, the fleshy tuber’s popularity as an alternative treatment has led to severe overharvesting. So the relative abundance in Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park is precious—as is the organic, sustainable harvesting business the Khwe people are now building around devil’s claw.
For WWF, this commitment is the culmination of almost a decade of work with hundreds of people, from producers and supply chain representatives, to seafood buyers, feed companies, NGOs, government officials and independent researchers to tip the industry into becoming more sustainable.
Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park is one of the last safe havens for critically endangered Sumatran elephants and Sumatran tigers. But many of these forests have been cleared to develop palm oil plantations and meet worldwide demand for pulp and paper.
Karin Krchnak, director of WWF's Freshwater Program, journeyed by canoe down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, witnessing firsthand the power of partnership in finding a solution to maintaining abundant sources of clean water.
Farmed seafood is a rapidly growing industry and will represent a major source of protein in the worlds future food supply. It is imperative that farmed seafood is produced responsibly. A new certification agreement in Vietnam is a model for how both government and industry can ensure that is the case in the future.
Fisheries are complex entities with multiple actors and pressures shaping their future. Jesse Marsh leads WWF’s Major Buyer Initiative, which works with leading seafood buyers to advance their commitments to sustainable seafood and support suppliers on their journey towards Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
As growing populations put greater strain on raw materials and natural resources, financial institutions are taking notice. WWF understands that working closely with the finance industry is a critical way to influence agribusiness all over the world. Together, we can advance sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel that impact the ecologically important regions that WWF seeks to protect.
By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another two billion people. How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century. At WWF, we have identified eight steps, when taken together, could produce enough food for all and still maintain a living planet.