In the fight to slow climate change, one of the most pressing problems we face is deforestation. According to the World Wildlife Fund, between 46,000 and 58,000 square miles of forest are decimated every year—"equivalent to 48 football fields every minute." Commodities like palm oil, soy, cattle, wood, rubber, sugar, cocoa, and even coffee account for a huge share of deforestation worldwide, so Big Food companies stand to be powerful allies to environmentalists.
The good news is that some of the biggest food companies in the world have stepped up and pledged to reduce their impact on forests. In fact, more than 400 companies have made this promise—which is great news—but, according to a new report published by the New York Declaration on Forests, "The majority of companies assessed in the study have yet to take essential steps toward implementation of their pledges."
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There's also no way to measure the precise effect that corporate efforts are having, the report says, "Though two tools are being refined and developed that may provide answers within the next couple of years."