Global Forest Coalition Collaboration

Global Forest Coalition Collaboration

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) are partnering on an initiative to raise awareness of the negative impacts of rapidly expanding industrial livestock farming, large-scale cattle ranching, and production of livestock feed on the world’s forests and biodiversity. Industrial animal agriculture cuts across multiple sectors, affecting land use, water, food security, public health, animal welfare, and climate change. Too often these intersections are overlooked. Through the project, Brighter Green and GFC have produced a range of original research and documentation for use by NGOs, researchers, campaigners, policy-makers, and members of the media (below). We have also collaborated to raise awareness of this linked set of issues at global conferences and national and local meetings, and are partners in an emerging global alliance on unsustainable livestock and feed production (more details, below). The Global Forest Coalition is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations defending social justice and the rights of forest peoples in forest policies.

The Real Cost of Meat
In December 2016, GFC released its newest publication, What’s at Steak? The Real Cost of Meat. The launch took place on December 5 at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico. Brighter Green’s Mia MacDonald was part of the press conference announcing the release. This report highlights Bolivia, Brazil, India, Paraguay, and Russia as case studies to assess the contribution of meat and dairy to deforestation and climate change. It includes an excerpt from Brighter Green’s Triangle paper and also mentions “What’s For Dinner?“. The full report is available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). The Executive Summary is offered in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), and French (PDF). For more information, and links to the case studies in English, click here.

Forest Cover 
In March 2016, GFC released its 49th issue of Forest Cover magazine, its biannual newsletter covering international forest policy. This issue is focused on Meat as a Driver of Deforestation. Mia MacDonald and Wanqing Zhou have featured articles in the issue. Mia discusses the lack of attention to the problems of industrial animal agriculture at COP21 (web version; PDF) and Wanqing writes about her Triangle research (web version; PDF). You can download the complete PDF in English here, French here, and Spanish here.

In January 2015, GFC and Brighter Green published a report called Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay by Miguel Lovera.

Soybean Production in Paraguay and the Convention on Biological Diversity
Brighter Green and GFC published a case study in April 2014 entitled The Environmental and Social Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock Farming and Soybean Production in Paraguay as well as a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation. The case study was presented at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada, in June 2014, along with a joint article entitled “Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector,” which was published in “Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society.” The study was also presented at an international strategy meeting on livestock farming and soy production in Paraguay, November 28–29, 2014.

Dialogue Sessions
Brighter Green and GFC also convened a number of dialogue sessions with Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPOs), peasant movements like La Via Campesina, and women’s groups. The aim was to help these groups at U.N. environmental and climate change meetings to discuss sustainable alternatives to intensive livestock farming and formulate the strategies needed to promote such alternatives. Brighter Green and GFC published a report in April of 2015 of this meeting.

Industrial Farming, Livestock Farming, and Climate Change
Brighter Green and GFC have produced a primer about the negative social, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of the expansion of intensive livestock farming. The primer (which is also available in Spanish and Russian) aims to raise awareness of policy-makers, social movements, and the public in general. Livestock farming has been promoted by some actors in the climate debate as a promising climate change–mitigation strategy. The primer brings the links between deforestation, climate change, and industrial animal agriculture to the attention of policy-makers, including within the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the REDD+ negotiations.

For more information on Global Forest Coalition please click here.