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Agriculture

BEEF

Beef is raised in some of the most fragile natural areas on Earth, such as the Amazon, Cerrado, Northern Great Plains, and Mekong among others. In those places it can have serious impacts on ecosystems. With demand for beef set to rise, the question is not how to stop the industry—but how to help it grow in a sustainable way.

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Cattle ranching near South São Paulo State, Brazil
© Jeffrey A. Sayer / WWF

BIOFUELS

Biofuels are emerging as an increasingly popular alternative to fossil fuels. Indeed, they could make a massive contribution to sustainable development.

However, the commodities used to produce biofuels, like soy, palm oil and sugarcane, are often produced in ways that affect the environment in some of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems.

WWF is striving to change this so that biofuels can reach their potential without harming nature.

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The RSB seeks to raise awareness as to which biofuels are suitable for exploitation for energy ... 
	© Michèle Dépraz / WWF CANON
Agricultural fields at the foot of the Jura. In the foreground field of Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis) which is grown as a biomass product. The production of biomass for energetic use is a good possibility to solve agricultural, environmental and regional political problems. Etoy, La Côte, Switzerland
© Michèle Dépraz / WWF CANON

COTTON

The cotton industry employs millions of people and meets a basic, vital need—clothing. But with water sources running dry in some grower countries, it’s more important than ever for the industry to transform the way it operates. The good news: a movement is under way to make this happen, with you.

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	© Michel Gunther / WWF
Cotton field Mato Grosso, Brazil
© Michel Gunther / WWF

PALM OIL

Worldwide demand for palm oil is expected to double by 2020. New plantations are being developed and existing ones are being expanded in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian countries, as well as in Africa and Latin America. But this expansion comes at the expense of tropical forests – which forms critical habitat for a large number of endangered species. How can this industry grow sustainably?

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	© James Morgan  / WWF International
Collection of palm oil fruit
© James Morgan / WWF International

SUGARCANE

Sugarcane production and trade have altered the course of human history, from the migration of peoples to changing political systems. But more recently, the industry has also left a non-negligible footprint on the natural environment. This is why WWF works with stakeholders in the sugarcane industry to make sure that it is environmentally viable.

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	© Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil
Sugarcane and forest on the hills, São José da Laje, Brazil.
© Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil

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