Stop Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest

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The Amazon Rainforest is being depleted everyday and the popular fast-food restaurant, McDonald's, is a large contributor to this exhaustion of trees. Since 1978, 289,000 square miles of Amazon Rainforest have been destroyed.The huge franchise serves around 69 million customers a day in over 100 countries, so their productions must be quick and cheap to make a profit. A way they increase their productivity is cutting down mass amounts of trees with heavy equipment in the Amazon Rainforest and planting soybeans in the ground afterward. They use these soybean plants to feed the chickens they then use for meat in the restaurant to serve all the customers. By the 2000s more than three-quarters of forest was cleared in the Amazon for cattle-ranching. The machinery used to cut down the trees is emitting carbon dioxide into the air, contributing to air pollution as well as noise pollution disrupting wildlife. Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function. Ultimately, this means of mass production for the commercial agriculture industry contributes to the vast loss of biodiversity and climate change. Rainforests serve as a habitat for thousands of organisms to live, without it they will continue to become endangered and eventually become extinct. McDonald’s needs to stop their unforgiving and cruel methods of obtaining their food. Rainforests stabilize climate, house incredible amounts of plants and wildlife, and produce nourishing rainfall all around the planet. The destruction of the Amazon will result in horror for all organisms on planet earth. The destruction of the Amazon Rainforest will negatively affect all other ecosystems that depend on it, which will affect others causing a chain reaction around the world. The Amazon Rainforest is a necessity, we need to be the voice for the thousands of plant and animal species that are drowned out over the loud machines of the McDonald’s corporation wrecking havoc over these once peaceful lands.  

Katie Rutledge and Lauren Harper