In a decade big consumer brands caused forest twice size of UK destroyed, to be replaced with soy or oil palm plantations and livestock farms. According to a report released by Greenpeace, “Countdown to extincion”, these brands  had committed to eliminating deforestation by 2020. A commitment that that has remained on the paper.

An overwhelming majority of Europeans want new laws to ensure that the food they eat and the products they buy don’t drive global deforestation, according to a YouGov poll. Eighty-seven per cent of those polled across 25 EU countries agreed that legislation was necessary to protect forests. Ninety-one per cent also said they cared deeply about forests and agreed that deforestation is harmful for people and wildlife.

In 2016 Greenpeace warned that the growing demand of avocados in the international markets was leading to large scale deforestation. Unfortunately Greenpeace were right, and  deforestation kept growing. 
Most of the country’s avocado is produced in the states of Michoacan, Jalisco and Mexico. In the past decade, the number of avocado orchards has multiplied (by tenfolds in the case of  Jalisco).  Global Forest Watch data shows that forest clearing to establish avocado plantations has pushed into the boundaries of the Monarch Butterfly santuary.

The flames erupted in the attic of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, one of Europe’s great historical and architectural symbols. They toppled the 13th Century center spire in the process.The cathedral’s roof and the frame that supports it are gone. That will pose a particular challenge to efforts to rebuild the 856-year-old church. As the oak frame met its end, so too did remnants of Europe’s dwindling ancient forests.

Demand for wood-pulp-based packaging seems set to soar and it’s not clear how the sector will deal with this pressure. The pulp and paper sector has long been one of the principle causes of deforestation. Now, increasing demand for paper-based packaging and for wood fibre for non-paper products are putting pressure on the industry’s supply chains.